Young Carers Action Day, celebrated on 16th March 2022, is a nationwide event organised by the Carer’s Trust aimed at raising awareness of the struggles and importance of young carers across the country. It has been celebrated across the country for the last 6 years and helps to raise awareness for young carers who make massive contributions to their communities and families.
The Scottish Government supported Short Breaks Fund, Time to Live microgrant scheme, allows carers in Scotland to access individual grants to support their caring role and allow them a short break when they need it most.
Time to Live Grant – Young Carer Case Study
Pony Club – Young Carer Lucy
Young Carer Lucy helps care for her mum who has longstanding mental health issues. There is only her mum and a younger sister in the home so being the oldest, most of the support for mum and household duties fall to her. They live out of town so are limited to what activities they can access and due to mum’s condition, they do not get out much and often miss school.
Lucy finds it difficult to make and keep friends and her mum’s condition has impacted her in many ways including her own mental health. Lucy was referred to young carers services by social work and since being referred she has been supported in many ways such as counselling, access to youth activities and, thanks to the Time to Live funding, the opportunity to go to pony club. This is something she has always wanted to do, but due to mum’s condition they did not have either the finances or ability to get her to pony club sessions, which are a long drive both ways from home.
Lucy said, “I love pony club and I look forward to going always”, “I have made new friends which has been great for me.”
Mum said “Lucy loves going to pony club. It gives us all some space which makes a difference. I am glad she can get out and participate in activities like other people her age. Things are not always good at home, but this gives her something to look forward to”