Young Carers Action Day - young carers

Young Carers Action Day - young carers

This Young Carers Action Day we're celebrating the skills and achievement of young carers. Do you realise how many skills and abilities you've developed as a young carer? These skills are really useful and will help you in future. Find out more below!

This Young Carers Action Day takes place on 16th March.

It aims to let people know about young carers, their lives and challenges – and to raise awareness of how to support young carers better. 

This year’s theme is ‘Protecting Young Carers Futures‘.  It highlights the fact that young carers can be disadvantaged in life by their caring role – but also points out that young carers also develop really useful skills through caring, things like time-management, resilience, empathy and confidence.

On the plus side, I think caring has allowed me to be much closer to my family. And I know how to live as an adult, I can do housework and everything. I’m quite a responsible and independent person because I’ve had to be self-sufficient.

Josh, caring for his mum since the age of 13

Taking action!

The young carers who devised the theme want to do two things:

  • Get young carers to realise that they have developed really useful skills as carers – skills that employers, and unis and colleges are looking for!
  • Get more employers to find about these skills, value them, and actively look out for young carers when recruiting.

Identify – and shout about YOUR skills!

We’d like to shout about the skills our young carers are developing. If you can, write your skills on this card and take a photo of yourself holding it – or just a picture of the card – and email it to us. We’ll share it! Or, with your parent/guardian’s permission, share it yourself on social media on YCAD, March 16th, #YCAD2021.

Complete the skills card

And, longer term, download this really useful document which helps you identify all the skills you’re developing and how you can use and promote them as you move on in education and for work.

Use the skills journal

You can also share your individual creations – Carers Trust are looking for young carers to showcase any content you’ve made about being a young carer and your hopes for the future  – whether that’s going on to study or getting a job.  And read on, to find out more about our new web information on topics like looking for work.

Share your individual creations with Carers Trust

Take action – petition to sign!

The National Voice of Young Carers – where the UK’s young carers organisations all work together – have also started a petition, calling on government to ensure that all schools have a named young carer lead. Find it here.

Sign the petition

More about the day

To find out more about the day overall, what’s happening nationally and what Action for Carers are doing overall, take a look at our main YCAD page.

More about the Day here