Young carer’s and the contribution they make to the Wokingham Borough will be recognised with a series of events to mark Young Carers Awareness Day on 31 January.
More than 600 young carers were identified in the Borough in the 2011 census. The responsibilities that come along with being a young carer can have a significant impact on a young person’s emotion and mental wellbeing.
As part of this year’s Young Carer’s Awareness day, the Carers Trust have launched a new #careformetoo campaign to raise awareness of, and improve support available for young carers.
Cllr Pauline Helliar-Symons, executive member for children’s services, said: “So many of our residents in the Wokingham Borough are carers in some form or another. Caring for anyone, at any age, is hard work, but for young carers it can be particularly tough to carry such responsibility at such a young age. Our Young Carers team provide invaluable emotional and practical support to these carers when they need it most.
“Young Carers Awareness Day is great opportunity for residents to learn more about young carers and the contribution they make to our Borough.”
Wokingham Borough’s Young Carers’ Service is hosting a number of events for the local community to get involved and talk about young carer’s and mental health. Some of our Borough’s own young carer’s will be out and about to talk to residents in Wokingham on Saturday 26 January between 11.30am and 2.30pm, while the Wokingham Borough young carers’ team will also be out and about on Market Place to speak to residents on Tuesday 29 Janaury, Thursday 31 January and Friday 1 February between 9am and 11am.
The Young Carers’ team will also be at the Council’s Shute End offices between Monday 28 January and Friday 1 February to encourage residents to learn more about the service.