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Viewpoint: Should the parents of young carers get the support?

Do young carers need support?

It emerged last week in a report by The Children’s Society that there are almost 250,000 young carers in the UK. But do we need to shift the focus to the parents?




Quarter of a million children provide care for others

Young carers: Quarter of a million children provide care for others

Kelly Young carer Kelly, 17, says people like her need more help to cope with their responsibilities
Nearly a quarter of a million children in England and Wales are caring for a relative, new statistics just released show.

The Children’s Society warns that such young people could have their education and job prospects permanently damaged.

The charity says one in 12 young carers in England spends more than 15 hours a week caring for a parent or sibling, and one in 20 misses school.

New figures suggest 244,000 people under 19 are carers.

But the Children’s Society warns that number is likely to be “just the tip of the iceberg” and is calling for more government support and recognition for these young people.

Get your windows clean and help family unpaid carers

Friday 10 May 2013

Get your windows clean and help the carers

Published on 10/05/2013 19:11

Getting Kilkenny’s windows gleaming for summer, local company McCreery Contract Cleaning is launching its new ‘Reach & Wash’ window cleaning system with a fundraiser for family carers.

All companies and homes who book window cleaning services with McCreery Contract Cleaning from May 7–10 inclusive will see the full cost donated to the Carers Association, Kilkenny. To book the service, Freefone 1850 211 863.

There are 4,055 family carers in Kilkenny. Many are living in very difficult circumstances having faced a number of recent cuts in services and payments, including cuts to vital home help hours and an almost 20% reduction in the Respite Care Grant in Budget 2013.

“Having cared for my own mum, I have a huge respect for the work of family carers,” said Jennifer McCreery of McCreery Contract Cleaning.