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Children & young people

Am I a Young Carer?

If you don’t know whether you’re a young carer - think about what you do at home, then look at the list below :

  • Someone in my house has a disability, illness or is dependent on drug/alcohol, and because of this they need help to do things
  • Sometimes I do extra household jobs when the person who has an illness, disability or is dependent on drugs or alcohol is having difficulty doing them or has no time to do them
  • I worry about his person at home when I am at school/college/work
  • Sometimes when this person is having a bad day, I will stay home from school/college/work to be there with them
  • When I am in bed at night I listen out for this person in case they need my help
  • If this person needs to go to the doctors or the hospital, I will go with them
  • If this person needs medical help I have to help them or call the doctor, ambulance or someone else to help
  • Sometimes when my friends call for me I tell them ‘I don’t feel like coming out today’ so that I can be with this person
  • My homework or study is sometimes not finished on time, or is not my best work, because I have had to use my time to help this person
  • Sometimes I take care of my brothers/sisters, like helping them get ready for school or making them breakfast
  • Sometimes I do things for this person that my friends don’t have to do for their parent/brothers/sisters
  • I help this person get in and out of bed or around the house or I help this person to wash and/or dress
  • If I did not do the things I do to help the person who has a disability or illness they would not be able to cope or would not be safe at home without me.

 

If you identify that any of these things appliy to you, then you ARE likely to be a young carer

Solihull Young Carer's could offer you help and support, fun things to do and someone friendly to talk to. You can call them on 01217881143 or email youngcarers @solihullcarers.org