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Event date: 26th January 2017

Event location: UK

Who are young carers?


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.

Did you know...

"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
  • We provide support to over 1500 young carers across England
  • 29,000 young carers, care for up to 50 hours per week
  • 1 in 12 secondary school aged pupils are young carers
  • 10,000 young carers are aged between 5-7
  • There are 244,000 young carers in the UK
  • The average of a young carer is 12

Young Carers share their story

Four amazing young carers from Spurgeons Young Carers in Wiltshire share their stories in the video below. Watch the video to find out more about 10 year old Archie, 12 year old Cameron and sisters Emmy (13) and Lily Mae (6).

How Spurgeons ease the burden

  • Time out through groups, trips and activities
  • Information, advice and practical help for the family
  • Educational, training and homework support
  • One-to-one tailored support
  • Counselling
  • Transition support
  • Mentoring support

Can you help?

There are thousands of other young carers who aren't getting the help they need. They want to be helping their families but the stress and isolation they endure can be overwhelming. Spurgeons provides a lifeline to help share their load and ensure they are not alone.

Help us to help give them back their childhood

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