If you are a young person helping to look after someone in your family because they have a long term physical or mental illness, a disability, or issues with drug or alcohol, you are a young carer. The caring you provide may include providing practical care, personal care and giving emotional support.
No doubt about it caring for someone is hard work! Especially when you are young. What you do for your family member is invaluable and no doubt they appreciate everything you do for them but it can make you feel tired, frustrated and isolated. It can impact on your education and and your social life. You may also worry a lot about the person you care for even when you aren’t with them.
You are not alone though! In Sheffield there are at least 7000 young carers. There is also help and support available which can make a big difference and help you feel less stressed or alone.. Don’t be afraid to get the support that’s out there.
Sheffield Young Carers (SYC) is an independent charity supporting young carers aged 8-25 who live in Sheffield. They offer one year of support for young carers or young people affected by drug/alcohol use in their family through one to one support, group activities, trips and training. All activities are free of charge and help young carers get a break, get support and meet others in a similar situation. SYC also offer grants of up to £300 to get a break from caring for young carers who can’t access or don’t want their main service.
You are also entitled to a Young Carers Assessment where a professional can help assess what support you need to make life feel easier. You can find out more here.