Calling all young carers!

31 May 2016

Carers Week falls from 6 - 12 June 2016 and we want to use it as an opportunity to raise awareness about the role of young carers in particular.


Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. A young carer is a person under 18 who provides essential and on-going care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, or misuses substances such as alcohol or drugs.


This year, there will be a stall in the Brent Civic Centre on 2 June with Brent Carers Centre and a Young Carers' Funday on Saturday 11 June, where there will be a barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting and other activities. The aim of the day is to give young people a break from their caring responsibilities and give them the opportunity to be children.


Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:


"There are an estimated 3000-4000 young carers in Brent, yet only 300 are registered with the Carers Centre.


"Lots of children and young people want to help their family and feel proud that they are lending a hand. However, the impact of these caring responsibilities may cause difficulties at home, in school or college and on their social life."


"We'd love to hear from more young carers so we can provide them with the support they need. I would encourage all young carers in Brent to get in touch with us and attend the event on 11 June or visit the stall in the civic centre on 2 June."


If you are a young carer or know a young carer who would like to attend the event on Saturday 11 June, please RSVP by calling 020 3802 7070.