Young Carers Awareness Day took place on Thursday 30th January this year. 

YCAD puts a spotlight on young carers and they issues they face. This year the key theme was challenging education providers to do more to identify and support young carers. 

Here's what we'd like you to know - 

Across the UK, as many as 1️⃣ in 5️⃣ children and young people are young carers! If you think you might be a young carer, please find out more about the supports we offer

4️⃣8️⃣- the average number of school days missed or cut short as a result of a young person's caring role!

We work with Schools to raise awareness of the issues that young carers may face. Renfrewshire Council have a duty to support young carers by preparing a Young Carer Statement which will help get you the right support, if you need it.

2️⃣ in 3️⃣ young carers are bullied in school.

We have monthly YC lunch time support groups in - Castlehead High School, Gleniffer High School, Trinity High School, Park Mains High School and St Andrew's Academy.

Please ask your school YC Champion or guidance teacher for more information if you attend one of these schools.

2️⃣3️⃣% of young carers felt that their caring role had stopped them making friends. Our young carers groups are a safe space where young carers can build friendships and have FUN whilst having time away from their caring role. 

Respite breaks are important for young carers and on the lead up to YCAD our Young Carers Project was very busy with over 80 young carers enjoying a very special night out at The Experience to try Go-Karting and Lasertag followed by a lovely meal! 

This fantastic opportunity was funded and organised by Gryffe Valley Rotary Club who have been strong supporters of young carers for a number of years now. We'd like to thank them again for their amazing generosity. 

On Young Carers Awareness Day our Young Carer Education Worker Lauren was invited along to Glencoats Primary School in Paisley, to talk about young carers.

 

Glencoats then hosted a fantastic coffee afternoon for family and friends to celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day!