Young Carers


There is a group of carers who don’t have a very strong voice in the UK they are the young carers perhaps because they are busy caring in-between their School work and trying to have a life.  My Wife and I have 3 Children who have all played their part in the care of Claire. They sit with her and talk which may seem like nothing to some people but to some one who is stuck in the house it is a lot. Just doing the small things that Claire cant do like make a coffee or make a sandwich. Our children have had there life restricted as we have not been on Holiday as a family since Claire has got ill. We do hope to go a Holiday soon. The Young Carers Service funded by local authorities and the NHS is one of the most important services they provide for Carers as far as I am concerned they take young carers out and provide them with someone out of there family and friends to speak to about the extra pressures they have in life.  The young carers Service in The Scottish Borders was put out to Tender by Scottish Borders Council. This resulted in The Local Carer Centre loosing the service all for a couple of hundred pound. There was no legal obligation to put the service out to tender.  As this service is for Kids very few people spoke out. Its difficult to say if the service is better or not without looking at the figures as too how many young carers are helped now and before.  As I feel words are powerful here is me standing up for Young Carers at The Scottish Labour Party Conference in 2012

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2 thoughts on “Young Carers

  1. Wonderful issues altogether, you just gained a new reader. What could you suggest in regards to your publish that you made some days in the past? Any certain?

  2. My daughters were young carers to my father who had Alzheimers but fortunately this did not take up too much of their time. I had a part time job which was essential to me but luckily that was just up the road from where I live. However the fact there was a gap in the care meant that my father was brought home to me early from day centres and my two daughters had to be home from school on time to cover a period of about an hour or so at the end of each day. It is sad when such caring responsibilities stretch even beyond this and I support any help/services in this respect.

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