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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.

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

​1. Emotional

Person comforting an older person who is crying

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

2. Physical

Teenager helping elderly man carry his sopping whilst linking arms

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

3. Chores

Child washing a plate with a sponge

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

4. Financial planning

Mother and son talking to each other about bills

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

5. Medication

Teenager giving elderly person their medication

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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