5 Things you can do to help Young Carers during the COVID-19 crisis

5 Things you can do to help Young Carers during the COVID-19 crisis

 

It’s a worrying and uncertain time for us all right now, but particularly for young carers looking after vulnerable family members. A young carer is a child aged between 5 and 18, who is responsible for looking after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or drug and alcohol problem. 

We can all help Young Carers today by respecting government advice to maintain social distance from one another, and so minimising the risk of spreading the virus. 

But for those who’d like to do more to show their support for young carers, we’ve compiled a handy list of 5 simple ways you can help:

1.Reach out to them. Life as a young carer can be isolating at the best of times. If you know a young carer, then pick up the phone. Let them know you care and that you haven’t forgotten about them. We all need our friends, family and community to help keep us smiling right now.

2.Be aware. Responsibility for a vulnerable adult or child can feel overwhelming, now more so than ever. Be on the lookout for opportunities to help. It may be that a young carer you know usually has their weekly food shop delivered. Consider dropping a food parcel at their door when out for your walk, run or cycle. 

3.Educate yourself. A young carer’s role is often misunderstood or forgotten about, and young carers are not always treated with the respect they deserve. These wonderful young people are, quite simply, superheroes without the capes and they should be made to feel like it. By recognising the incredible part they play in our society, we can ensure that young carers feel proud of their title. Take advantage of your time at home, and use it to learn exactly what young carers do. You can find out more here https://carers.org/about-us/about-young-carers

4.Get creative. Once all this is over and friends and strangers alike are able to get out there and socialise once more, MYTime will be organising a craft fair to help raise funds. We’ll need lots of lovely people with lots of lovely things to sell, so whether you love to knit, paint or make jewellery, now’s the time to do it! And don’t forget to keep an eye on our social media for more information about the craft fair itself: MYTime Made. 

5.Get behind the MYTime mission! MYTime exists to provide young carers with the support and opportunities that they need. Ordinarily, that means supporting young carers in schools or in the workplace, or creating for them chances to partake in fun and enriching experiences. Right now, however, our focus is on making sure that young carers and their families have everything they need while they’re stuck indoors. We rely on the support of our community, so get in touch today and find out how you can help us to help them.

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