Isolation is the theme for this year’s campaign
All vulnerable groups, including carers, will have experienced isolation during the pandemic. Those who have a caring responsibility are 7 times more likely to feel lonely or isolated than the general public. Warwickshire County Council and partners want to reassure young carers that help and support is available to anyone struggling with their mental health and any feelings of loneliness.
In addition, the council also wants to urge young and young adult carers to make themselves known as official care givers to local support services such as Carers Trust (Heart of England) and Warwickshire Young Carers. Further information and advice, as well as contact details for both of these services can be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers.
There is also online support for young people's mental wellbeing at www.Kooth.com.
Cllr Margaret Bell, Portfolio Holder for Health and Adult Social Care said:
“No young person should miss out on an education or a social life. As a young person you should know that there are dedicated services available to you to help relieve the pressure you may feel looking after a family member who is ill, disabled, or has a mental health issue or an addiction. Please know that Warwickshire is here for you.”
The main message for the campaign is ‘Who’s Missing?’, which refers to the number of young and young adult carers who are absent from school/college/university and apprenticeship placements due to their caring responsibilities.
Warwickshire Young Carers
Warwickshire Young Carers has been working with young people in the county since 1999 and currently has over 2,600 young carers known to them. The service provides:
- Young Carers Family Support – One-to-one support with a professional, support at school, home visits.
- Young Carers Assessments – the staff at Warwickshire Young Carers can help assess you and your families’ needs.
- Young Adult Carers – advocacy support, a chance to meet others with similar experiences, help with applying for apprenticeships and or college.
Young Care Aware Training
For anyone looking to understand the the caring responsibilities of young people in Warwickshire and how to assist – there is a training module available.