Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

Celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day 2019! On Thursday the 31st of January we want you to dress up in Black & Yellow and proudly represent Young Carers.

 

Why #BeABee for young carers? Here’s how you help:

Census figures state there are up to 195,000 young carers in the UK, though official figures are believed to commonly misrepresent the true number of children in the UK. Young carers and their families often find it difficult to come forward because young carers find it hard to relate to other children, and parents worry they may seem unfit guardians to social services. A BBC survey conducted in 2018 estimated the real number of young carers could be as high as 800,000.

We want you, and as many people as possible to dress up in Black & Yellow this Young Carers Awareness Day to highlight this key issue and help destigmatise being young carer, making families and children feel confident to come forward and receive help!

Receiving help is so important, here’s why:

On average, children who care for someone spend 30 hours a week on their caring duties. 46% of young carers are getting up in the night to care for family members, missing out on their own sleep, and more than 80% are carrying out caring duties every day or most days of the week. 73% take time off school to cope with their caring duties. A Children’s Society study in 2012 found that young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, the equivalent to 9 grades lower overall than their peers, or 9Cs instead of 9Bs.

Furthermore, young carers are at a higher risk of depression, anxiety, stress, poor mental and physical health, truancy and of being NEET in later life (Not in Education, Employment, or Training).

At Honeypot, we stand for the belief that every child deserves their one chance at childhood. That’s why we run a program of support for young carers aged five to twelve, during their developing years.  We prove regular respite breaks at one of our two Honeypot Houses, outreach visits in their local community, and birthday cards and Christmas presents – sometimes the only ones they receive. No other UK charity provides what we do, and we receive no government funding.

So stand with us: Be a Bee on Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.

Find out more about how you can fundraise on the day here.  If you’d like advice on how to get involved fundraising with your local community, company, school or organisation, ring 020 7602 2631 for our London office and 02380 890002 for our Hampshire office, or email us on fundraising@honeypot.org.uk.