It's Young Carers Awareness Day 2020!

Young Carers Awareness Day raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and campaigns for greater support for them.
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Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

The experiences of young carers 

Healthwatch Southwark ran a focus group with young carers aged between 8 and 12, as part of their wider work to find out the impact that caring on unpaid carers.

Through listening to their experiences, the main themes were around the lack of time for themselvesschool work or to socialise. Caring has also made some the target of bullying, and meant their home life was less stable, if they frequently moved. 

Healthwatch Southwark is sharing this recently published report on the experiences of young and adult carers with the Council and other partners, with recommendations on how to develop the best possible support for carers, who are a lynchpin of our health and care system. Find out more about this work here.


This year, Carers Trust are running a #CountMeIn campaign, calling on compulsory education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve. Find out more

Free event for carers on 19th February 2020

On 19th February 2020, you can join Healthwatch Southwark and other carers over a free hot lunch, where they will share more findings and recommendations. You will then have an opportunity to comment on these and discuss what matters most to you when receiving support in your carer role. REGISTER YOUR FREE PLACE NOW. 

Support for young carers in Southwark

If you, or someone you know is a young carer, please contact Southwark Young Carers, so you can get the help and advice you need:

Apply for funding to run a project for young carers

Comic Relief are seeking proposals from organisations who share the vision of supporting young people to fulfil their potential, and have security and safe shelter.

Proposals must clearly demonstrate how they will help young people build a positive future; building the skills necessary to live with dignity and be able to access basic housing and create a happy home in which they feel safe and secure.

Deadline for expressions of interest: noon 7th February 2020. Click here for full info.

Contact details

For more information and how to get involved please visit the Carers Trust website.

You can leave feedback about your recent experience of using a health or social care service here.

Tell us your story