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Young Carers Awareness presentation by Victoria Lewin.

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In this presentation, Young Carers from all over the world give you an insight into their lives.
In their own words, they share how their caring role makes them feel , and what it’s really like being a young carer.

The young carers quotes are taken from Victoria Lewin’s various young carers awareness projects, including the PSHE/social education series ‘Who Cares For Us?’ due out later this year.

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Young Carers Awareness presentation by Victoria Lewin.

  1. 1. Young Carers Awareness presentation. Illustration by Jeff Phillips. #YoungCarersAwarenessDay2018
  2. 2. In this presentation, Young Carers from all over the world give you an insight into their lives. In their own words, they share how their caring role makes them feel , and what it’s really like being a young carer. The young carers quotes are taken from Victoria Lewin’s various young carers awareness projects, including the PSHE/social education series ‘Who Cares For Us?’ due out later this year.
  3. 3. So, what is a young carer? • A young carer is a child / young person under the age of 25 of age who helps to look after someone at home and takes responsibility for them. • It might be a parent, sibling or family member who has a disability, long term illness, mental health condition or a problem with drugs or alcohol.
  4. 4. • Illness and disability don’t discriminate. • They can affect anyone at anytime in their life. • When someone becomes disabled or has a long term illness then it has an impact on their family, and very often their children become young carers.
  5. 5. Young Carers are just like you, but they have extra responsibilities…that’s all. They have the same hopes and dreams that you do. Please spare a moment this Young Carers Awareness day to learn more about what it means to be a young carer. Anyone can be affected by long term illness and disability, and when that happens their family becomes affected too. Very often their children become young carers, and even if they don’t have a practical role to play (especially if they’re younger) they will still be affected psychologically and emotionally. That’s why it’s important that we take the time to understand what life is like for young carers, and we offer them compassion and support.
  6. 6.  Unpaid carers save the UK government almost £60 billion a year!  A percentage of those carers are children – young carers!  It’s a sad fact, but it’s true.  Without young carers our countries would crumble, so isn’t it time we gave them the respect they deserve, and try to understand what it’s like to be a young carer?
  7. 7. #YoungCarersAwarenessDay2018 What’s it like to be a young carer?
  8. 8. “Being a Young Carer carries a lot of responsibility and is really tough, but it’s all I’ve ever known & I wouldn’t change my family for the world.” Jane, Young adult carer, UK.
  9. 9. “Watching someone you love in such agony can take a mental toll on you.” Young carer, Age 15, UK.
  10. 10. Positives and negatives to being a young carer. • Positives are that it makes you more independent, mature and open minded and it also makes you appreciate everything more rather than take it for granted, also makes you feel proud to be so helpful. • Negatives are that it does take away your freedom to a certain extent. It also makes you more prone to anxiety and worry. • Young Carer, Aged 16, UK. • Positives: it makes you more independent, I'm far more capable of looking after myself at uni than most of my peers. • Negatives: you have very little social life, people your age don't always understand what your life is like and may not stay friends with you, you're constantly stressed which leads to your physical and mental health suffering, sometimes quite severely.” Young Adult Carer, Aged 21, UK.
  11. 11. Positives and negatives to being a Young Carer. • There are many positive and negatives about being a young Carer. I have had to grow up quicker and have missed out on things my friends have been able to do. • On the other hand I feel that I can understand what other young Carers are going through and feel good about myself for helping. Young Carer, Aged 22, UK. • “It helps people, and makes me feel good!” • “It almost always takes me away from things I am doing! I only get frustrated a little bit - like 1percent of the time.” • Young carer, Aged 8 ¾ , USA From Who Cares For Us?
  12. 12. Young carers have the same hopes and dreams that you do…
  13. 13. Young carers need to be supported in education. Research has proven that when young carers get the support they need, they can achieve their full potential.
  14. 14. “I have been bullied because I came from a private school. I moved because my family circumstances meant I couldn't be there anymore. I would love for the bullies to take a step into my shoes. I don't think that any person my age would be able to understand what happens in my life and why it is so difficult unless they were a YC like me. I think bullies would think twice about what they say if they were to have that knock into my reality.” Young Carer, Age 14, UK. Who Cares For Us.
  15. 15. Bully by Anon There once was a lad who made me so mad, He hurt other children with his cruel nasty words, But he didn’t care – he was ever so bad. The teachers didn’t have a clue what to do, He hid it so well, that they never could tell if he was innocent or guilty. There once was a lad who made me feel sad, When he turned on me, With his eyes, full of glee. My tummy ached – in knots, not knowing what to do, After all, even the teachers didn’t have a clue! #Who cares for us?
  16. 16. There once was a lad, Who made me so mad, He thought it was funny to stare At my Mum’s missing hair, Then tease me about it all day. I froze, not knowing what to say. My Mum is my hero – She’s ever so strong. So, she lost some hair, Yes, that was true, But it was nothing compared to what she’d been through.
  17. 17. She’d needed an op, So the infection and pain would stop. Then she needed another…and another… My amazing strong mother. But here was this lad, Making me so, so mad. He thought it was cool, To pick on me in school, He’d call me names until I’d cry, Then laugh his head off. Why, oh why? He’d push me and shove me, Saying it was a game, He’d mess with my head until I thought I was to blame.
  18. 18. Maybe I’d looked at him the wrong way when we went out to play? Playtime?! What a joke! How I longed to stay inside, not play. But no! “You need fresh air” the teacher would cackle, Unaware of what I had to tackle. Painting on a smile, I tried hard not to cry, When all I wanted was to give up and sigh. He made me feel small, unworthy and ugly, All I wanted was to be home, Wrapped up safe and snugly.
  19. 19. There once was a lad Who got more and more bad He made my life hell, But I struggled to tell, He always lied, so what was the point? He always knew what to say, To make the teachers look away. In the end, we moved house, and moved school as well, Only then did I find the strength to tell. I’m a young carer and life can be tough, When my Mum gets so poorly, It really is rough. I need support and understanding from people in school, Not bullies like him getting away with breaking the rules. By Anon.
  20. 20. Carers Trust Young Carers in schools programme. •The carers trust have created a programme for schools, helping them to support young carers throughout their education. •The statistics speak for themselves!
  21. 21. When young carers get the support they need, anything is possible!
  22. 22. “You never know how strong you are , until being strong is the only choice you have.” Jane, Young carer, UK http://ayoungcarerslife.wordpress.com
  23. 23. ‘Being a carer is never easy. It’s full of ups and downs; one day, life seems perfect and another it’s falling apart. Caring makes us too empathetic, so we feel everyone’s pain but we feel as though nobody understands our pain. Caring makes us feel lost and alone at times, so I asked my Mum (Victoria Lewin) to write books to help all young carers, including myself, realise that we’re not alone and that although it causes heart ache, being young carers can make us stronger, smarter and braver than most kids our age.’ Adele-Caitlin.
  24. 24. For more information please go to – • www.caitlinswish.com • www.victoria-lewin.com • https://www.slideshare.net/VTaylorAuthor/caitlins-wish-young-carers-awareness • https://youtu.be/pDPSE_jV17o • https://www.slideshare.net/VTaylorAuthor/what-is-ih-and-how-does-it-affect- families • http://whocares4us.wixsite.com/website • https://www.facebook.com/CaitlinsWishOfficial/ • https://carers.org • http://aacy.org • http://www.youngcarers.net.au
  25. 25. Many thanks to all the young carers & their families who’ve contributed to this presentation & to the ‘Who cares for us ?’ series. • Adele-Caitlin, Rob & Vicki • Paul & Caitlin • Emilie & Elise • Evelyn & Becca • Fiona & Jessica • Maggie, Sammy, Jenny & Cartier • Brooke, Jakob & Dona • Faith, Libby, Haley & Joelle • Sophie & Lucy • Chad & Allie • Jane • Jessie, Lauren & Marley • Lauren & Karen • Ashley Many thanks to the following people for letting me use their quotes. • Professor Saul Becker • Lynne Hill, Children in Wales & Young Carers Network. (Young carers information leaflet 2012) Many thanks to Pezibear/Pixabay for allowing me to use her photos.
  26. 26. Thank you for taking the time to watch this presentation. We truly appreciate it. Victoria Lewin.

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