Daniel is a 12 year old boy who looks after his mother, Anne, who has severe arthritis and needs help with bathing, getting dressed and household chores. She also has mobility problems. Although Daniel attends school regularly and is doing well there, he spends a lot of time with his mum and misses out on doing the normal kinds of things for a boy of his age. He doesn’t really have a lot of friends, but attends the local young carers group. An opportunity arose for Daniel to have a trip to London to see some of the sights, and go to a show.
Daniel’s short break
Although Daniel had won the prize of a London trip, he really wanted his mum along as well. He knew that with help, Anne would manage to go to see ‘The Lion King’ with him, but also wanted to get out on his own to see some of the sights. With this in mind, his local young carers worker contacted the nearest young carers project in London, and arranged for the worker there, together with two young carers, to meet up with Daniel and show him around for one of the days. This gave Daniel a bit of independence and some company of his own.