As part of Young Carers Awareness Day on 30th January, which raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and campaigns for greater support for them, Worcestershire Young Carers (WYC) have been speaking out about what being a young carer is like for them.

Members of the WYC Participation Group, which meets monthly to highlight and discuss issues that matter to them, have been explaining their own experiences of being a young carer with the aim of creating a better understanding of the role and the responsibilities that come with it.

Bailey, 11, who helps look after his younger sister, said: “Being a young carer can be a good thing but it’s frustrating when people don’t really understand what you do and think that you can just do all the things that other kids can do, when you can’t. I would like teachers to be more understanding sometimes, like when I’m tired in school and it’s because I’ve been helping.  I like looking after my little sister but I think people should know more about what I do.”

The theme for this year’s awareness day is #CountMeIn which calls on education providers to do more to identify young carers and ensure they are supported. As part of the day, the Worcestershire Young Carers team is also holding assemblies and drop in events at schools around Worcestershire, and holding a celebratory event at three Co-op stores in the county, to promote the new partnership between Worcestershire Young Carers and the Co-op Local Community Fund.