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You're not alone

What you might do for your 'cared for' . . .

When you are a young carer to someone in your family, it can affect the way you feel, and the amount of time you get to do the things you enjoy.


Perhaps you've never thought of yourself as a young carer before - so you've never thought about finding out about any support there might be for you.


The first thing for you to know is that you're not alone.  A survey in 2010 by the BBC estimated that there may be as many as 700,000 young carers in the UK so what you do is not very unusual, but it can be difficult, both physically and emotionally. You can feel proud of the caring you do - but perhaps sometimes you feel alone and in need of some help.

Ask yourself:

Who do you care for?

What things do you do to help out in the home?

Does anyone else help out?

How much time do you spend helping?

The Young Carers Service in Telford and Wrekin understand all the worries and problems you might be having, whether they are big or small - we're here especially to support you in while you care  - with information, advice and lots of FUN!


. . . cooking . cleaning . looking after brothers and sisters . bathing . dressing . shopping . money management . dusting . hoovering . laundry . ironing . toileting . collecting medication . giving medication . paying bills . arranging doctors or hospital appointments . lifting (out of bed or chairs) . help with mobility . communication (signing, reading, writing, interpretation) . help in the night . emotional support . . .

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