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LISTEN: Why Guildford's Mayor chose to support Young Carers

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LISTEN: Why Guildford's Mayor chose to support Young Carers

Published at 2:11pm 19th August 2018. (Updated at 10:56am 8th October 2018)

One of Mike's aims is to raise money for the Guildford Young Carers Fund, he explains why he chose to support this: 

 

 

This innovative fund addresses an area of society that is very much overlooked. Estimates suggest that as many as 8 per cent of children aged 5 to 18 in many areas of Guildford act as carers - and their efforts are frequently unrecognised and hidden from society.  

The effects on these children of being a carer is huge. Some fail to realise their academic potential, and they often suffer mental health issues, bullying and social media abuse.

These are young people who find their normal young lives being replaced by caring for a relative within the family unit. The responsibilities often have a negative effect on their lives, such as causing them to fall behind at school, or simply lose precious childhood time. These children and young people are often unable to access help and many do not even realise that they are acting as carers - it's just what you do.

This story illustrates the charity's concerns...

Sophie is nine years old. Every morning, she gets up, helps her seven-year-old brother get ready for school, prepares breakfast for them both and makes a packed lunch for three. Sophie then takes care of her mother's needs, clears up and walks her brother to school. Later in the day, she collects her brother from school and walks him home. When they arrive, Sophie makes supper for the three of them, clears away, and does the washing and ironing. By the time these chores are finished, it's10pm and Sophie finally gets to bed. At 5.30am the next morning, her day starts all over again.

The Guildford Young Carers Fund will support the following costs for young people like Sophie:

  • additional non-statutory support in school or college

  • extra tuition or educational support outside school or college

  • IT or other equipment to support educational needs

  • school trips, outings or residential activities

  • courses

  • music, sports or play activities or other clubs outside school

  • opportunities to meet other young carers  

Visit the Guildford Young Carers Fund web page to find out more and make a donation, or call 01483 478092 to find out how you can help.

 

 

 

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