A significant number of young people in Herefordshire look after a member of their family or a friend with a disability or long term illness. While this can be very rewarding it can also impact on their own lives and development.
There are 229,318 Young Adult Carers aged 16-24 in the UK and this is 5.3% of all people in that age group. One quarter of all Young Adult Carers in the UK (56,069 people) are providing care for more than 20 hours per week and almost 27,000 of these, (12% of the total) are providing care for more than 50 hours each week. (Census 2011)
If you are one of them you will know how much time you spend caring and coping on your own. You may not be aware but you are not the only young carer around or that support exists to help you.
Specifically for the 16 to 25 age group, Herefordshire YAC (Young Adult Carers) can help in a wide variety of ways. These include signposting to other relevant agencies, help and support with college/university, training and employment, housing and other benefits, access to counselling, as well as meeting others socially in a similar situation.
Herefordshire YAC is an important part of Herefordshire Carers Support – a registered charity which provides a wide range of practical help, support and advice to the Caring Community in Herefordshire.