- From the section Health
Last week in Parliament I hosted an event to launch a campaign to raise awareness about child carers.
Honeypot, a children’s charity which gives respite care for carers aged five to 12, launched their campaign For Children Who Care to encourage MPs to recognise the challenges faced by young carers and to raise awareness of the need for respite care and to support organisations such as Honeypot.
Honeypot is the only UK charity providing consistent and regular support to young carers between the ages of five and 12.
Young carers face significant responsibilities and often find it difficult to relate to their peers, concentrate in school and play with their friends.
Honeypot offers these children a safe place where they can simply be children, in a supportive, safe environment.
The number of older carers in England is rising, with signs the pressures of looking after loved ones is damaging their health, research suggests.
The warning by Age UK and Carers UK came as the charities released figures showing there were 1.2m carers over 65 – a 25% rise in the past decade.
SUPPORT NEEDED: Carers see their role as part of their duty and often do not know that help is available for them
THROUGHOUT THE UK there are a lot of people who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support, and provide assistance to them in diverse ways.
Conventional wisdom suggests that most ethnic minority people will care for their loved ones, children and relatives. The reality however is that this unpaid duty can leave carers physically, mentally and emotionally drained to the extent that, the longer they carry out this role without support, the more likely they are in danger of their becoming unwell themselves and isolated.