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News: BLOG — Are you a young adult carer?

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It’s National Young Carers Awareness Day tomorrow (30th January). If you’re aged 16-24 and provide unpaid care to someone, usually a family member, on a regular basis, then you may be a young adult carer.

Many peo­ple are car­ing for a loved one as part of their every­day lives. You may have been doing so for years with­out real­is­ing you are a young adult carer.

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We’ve put togeth­er a blog with five com­mon exam­ples of care and sup­port which young car­ers are like­ly to iden­ti­fy with.

​1. Emotional

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For exam­ple, you might talk to some­one who is dis­tressed and help them communicate.

2. Physical

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You could get some­one out of bed and help to get them washed and dressed.

3. Chores

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For exam­ple, you could help with house­work, shop­ping or cooking.

4. Financial planning

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You might man­age the fam­i­ly bud­get. For exam­ple, house repayments/​rent, or util­i­ty bills such as gas, elec­tric­i­ty and water.

5. Medication

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For exam­ple, col­lect­ing pre­scrip­tions and giv­ing out med­i­cines at the cor­rect time on the cor­rect day.

What should I do if I think I’m a young adult carer?

There are lots of organ­i­sa­tions that can help you, wher­ev­er you are in the UK.

At Not­ting­ham Col­lege we have a mem­ber of the Achieve­ment Coach Team based at each of our main cam­pus­es and our stu­dents can make an appoint­ment to see them. Your Col­lege tutor can also refer you if they feel you need some extra support. 

Achieve­ment Coach­es are here to help you over­come any prob­lems you might have dur­ing your stud­ies with us. We work with a wide range of exter­nal organ­i­sa­tions who we reg­u­lar­ly refer to for guidance.

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  • 29th January 2020 (12:03 PM)
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