This Carers Rights Day, Friday November 28th, the Carers’ Centre is calling for Bath to make a pledge for Young Adult Carers. ‘See. Hear. Act’ is a new part of the Time for Change project, a Carers’ Centre initiative focused on improving health and wellbeing of young adult carers aged 14 – 25.
There are an estimated 2000 young adult carers in Bath & North East Somerset, aged 14-25, caring for a family member or friend who is unable to look after themselves.
Research shows that young adult carers are more than twice as likely as their peers not to be in education, employment or training, and many have not taken a break of more than two days since they started caring.
‘Young adult carers can often put aside their own needs in their caring role. This Carers Rights Day we want everyone, but especially health and social care professionals, to ‘See’ young adult carers, ‘Hear’ their voice and ‘Act’ by referring them to our service. We want to make sure all young adult carers understand the importance of taking time to look after themselves.’ says Alice Miller, Carers’ Centre Young Adult Carers’ Officer.
Time for Change is one of only 50 programmes throughout the UK offering support to help young carers aspire to a brighter future. It aims to connect young adult carers with information and advice on how to balance their social life and education or training with their caring role. It can also offer health checks and access to exercise programmes for weight loss and fitness.
Leeanne, a young carer who has been through the programme, says “I am feeling healthier and better about myself, my confidence is getting a bit better too. The best thing for me is … I have someone to talk to about the things that I’m worried about.”
Young adult carers can be referred or self-refer to the programme via the Carers’ Centre website www.banescarerscentre.org.uk/youngcarers