Family circumstances mean that from an early age some children and young people provide regular or ongoing care and support to another family member as a result of them having a physical or mental illness, a disability, or are struggling with substance misuse. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
Young carers are in a position where they have to assume a level of responsibility that would normally only be asked of an adult. The stress and anxiety that this can cause can leave them feeling isolated and unsupported. Many miss out on their childhood and youth as time constraints make it impossible for them to attend school or take part in leisure activities with their peers.
"I come to Spurgeons because I can get a few hours away from caring and enjoy myself, you treat me with respect." - Wolverhampton Young Carer
"Spurgeons have a professional approach to their work and have clear understanding of the needs of both the Council and the service users" - Local Authority Commissioner