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Webchat: Young Carers Monday 26th September 4.30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 26th September 2016.

Are you a young carer and want to talk? Need help and support but don’t know where to look? Join us online on Monday 26th September for our webchat on being a young carer where you can chat to a professional from the young carers team who can offer help and advice.

Remember all of the chats are completely anonymous, safe and secure, see our terms and conditions for more information.

In order to post in our chat section you'll need to login or register some details first. Don't worry we wont display any personal information on the site, and you can choose an anonymous username.
User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:23

Hi, this chat will start in 5 minutes. Today we are going to be talking about young carers and what this means.

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:28

Hello everyone, welcome to today's webchat....all about young who are they? Children and young people under 18 who care for a family member due to illness or disability. There are at least 3000 young carers in Leicestershire and Leicester city, probably lots more.

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:30

Young carers often provide a range of support for the person they care for, including, housework, shopping, cooking, providing emotional support, paying bills, looking after siblings and helping with personal care, such as bathing. This can be really hard to deal with when you are an adult, but especially so when you are young. The average age of a young carer is only 12!

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:34

So how can caring impact on a child or young person's life? Some young carers miss lots of school or college, find it hard to concentrate and difficult to get homework and course work completed. Others struggle with friendships because they feel other children and young people won't understand them or may even bully them if they know what their home life is like. As a result, many young carers feel excluded and isolated.

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:37

Family relationships can be tricky too. Its sometimes hard to be the main person caring at home, acting like an adult all the time and then being told to be home by 9 o'clock. It's also tough when you are the main carer but when you ask for information about your mum or dad's health you are told you are too young to know. Or it is confidential information......

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:40

It's not surprising that many young carers feel down sometimes and don't know where to go to for help....but there is help out simply need to contact Barnardo's or ask someone you trust to contact us for you. You don't need to get involved with us if you don't want to but at least you will know where we are and that we care an understand in case you change your mind in the future....

RadioactiveMeerkat User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:41

Can my school help me? I don't know who to talk to

RadioactiveMeerkat / 26 Sep 16:40

No one at my school understands

User has removed their details RadioactiveMeerkat / 26 Sep 16:43

Some schools have a young carers' champion whose job it is to know how to support young carers. Have you asked if your school has one? Do they know you are a young carer?

RadioactiveMeerkat User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:45

i don't want to tell anyone, i sometimes find it difficult to tell my teachers.

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:45

If you feel your school doesn't understand or is not helpful, you can ask us to support you. Sometimes it is useful to have a meeting in school supported by a Young Carers' Worker. We will spend time with you first, asking what the problems are and what outcome you would like.

RadioactiveMeerkat User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:47

how do i get in contact

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:47

If you find it difficult to talk at school, that's understandable. Would you like to talk to one of our specialist Young Carers' Workers? We ONLY work with young carers, so we know what it is like...?

RadioactiveMeerkat / 26 Sep 16:48

how long does it take for someone to get in contact with me

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:49

You can get in contact or ask someone you trust to do this for you. You can call 0116 2867182 Monday to Friday 9-5 or leave a message and a number at other times. OR you can go onto our website and complete our secure on line referral's very easy....

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:50

We will try to be in touch with you the next working day.

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:53

So what happens after you get in touch? We will arrange to talk to you and your parent. We will ask you where you would like to meet us, either at home or school. We will then undertake an assessment. It sounds like a test but it isn't. It's a way of finding out what care you provide, why, how it affects your life, what help you and your family need and agreeing a way forward.

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 16:56

Your support plan may include:

* Getting more help for the person you care for
* Attending a young carers' group
* One to one support from one of our trained workers or volunteers
* Support with school or college
* Grant applications eg for lap tops, clothes, holidays etc
* Referrals to other services eg counselling

What have you got to loose? :-)

User has removed their details / 26 Sep 17:01

If you would like to get in touch with other young carers safely on line, there is also a great website:

Don't forget to contact us too - you can see us in person and we can help you meet other young carers in your area, if that's what you would like to do! Don't feel you are alone, come and join us!

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This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens: Young Carers section 

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Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

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