WE BELIEVE THAT NO CHILD'S DESTINY SHOULD BE DEFINED BY THEIR BEGINNING
MYTIME Young Carers is fighting to level the playing field for young carers. Young carers have been hidden in society for too long, with the vast majority juggling a huge amount of responsibility unsupported. At MYTIME we recognise and celebrate the incredible young people who do so much to support those that they care for. We believe that young carers should have access to the support, the friendships, and the opportunities every child deserves.
The Children’s Act published in 2014 stipulates that local authorities have a duty to identify and assess young carers and to include them in the framework of a child in need.
There is, however, no further guidance offered around how local authorities should be supporting young carers. Every young carer is different, and many take pride and pleasure in their caring role. However, childhood caring responsibilities can and often do take a significant toll on a young person’s mental and physical health, academic performance and adult outcomes.
These young people need support. What’s more, the vast majority of young carers are unregistered with their local councils and unknown to their communities, so operate without even the limited support that is available to them.
Through our work with young carers, we’re building our understanding of the impact that we can have on a young carer’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as their academic outcomes and future prospects.
We’ve learnt that no situation is the same and that all young carers have different needs. We respond to those needs through a range of programmes designed for a varied demographic, and provide support to all young carers, regardless of their age or personal circumstance.
We help to:
- Give young carers something to look forward to amidst challenging circumstances
- Create much-needed breaks for young carers and safe spaces where they can be themselves
- Offer social opportunities for young carers to connect with one another
- Empower young carers with new skills, confidence and self-worth
- Identify training opportunities and pathways to employment for young adult carers
- Educate schools, local authorities and communities to increase support and understanding for young carers
- Provide support to young carer parents, siblings and other family members