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Young Carers Awareness Day - 28 January

Young Carers Awareness Day is a national day of recognition for the 700,000 young carers in the UK who work around the clock providing care and support to family and friends

Young Carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.

In terms of young carers, the 2011 census indicated there are 9,712 people across Lancashire aged under 25 that provide some level of unpaid care, of which, over 4,000 are estimated to relate to children and young people under the age of 18.  The data suggests the vast majority who provide care provide no more than 19 hours per week, although at the upper end this could be up to two and a half hours per day.  Almost 300 children and young people (0-15 year olds) across the county provide 20 to 49 hours care per week and an additional 234 provide 50 hours or more.  The numbers of children providing more than 20 hours per week care range from 21 and 22 Rossendale and Fylde to 51 each in Preston and West Lancashire.  Across Lancashire the data suggests just over 1% of children are carers.  In all districts across the county the percentage was no higher than 1.5%.  There were more than 250 young carers in each of the districts of Preston, West Lancashire and Lancaster.

We want to use Young Carers Awareness Day to get everyone talking about the thousands of carers who are so often unidentified, and who miss out on vital services and support they are entitled to.  We aim to communicate who young carers are, what they do and what they have missed out on in their childhood as a result of their caring role.

To find out more about the Lancashire Young Carers Service or make a referral please contact:

Barnardo's Lancashire Young Carers Project I Tel: 01254 504930 I Email: lancashireyoungcarers@barnardos.org.uk

For national information, advice and support about Young Carers Awareness Day, please visit: www.carers.org/young-carers-awareness-day  

 


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