Case Studies

Young people requested to hear the stories of other young carers….

Young Person, Ayr, 20

When did you become a young carer?

I first started caring for my dad at aged 16, my role is full time and I have a lot of responsibility within the house hold.

How I became aware I was a young carer?

I was unaware that I was a young carer until I was referred to employability and skills by the job centre. It wasn’t till I was speaking to my support worker about my home life and my mental wellbeing that I was then informed that it sounded like I was a young carer; I was then referred to the carer’s centre as I was struggling to keep up with my caring responsibilities and take care of my own mental health. I was then registered as a young carer and offered 1 on 1 support.

How did your daily tasks impact you?

In the first 2 years of my caring role my daily tasks had a huge effect on my mental and physical wellbeing. It took me a long time to create a balance between my own life and my caring role. My role mostly impacted my physical weight. The stress caused by my responsibilities had me losing weight at a rapid pace, when I notice that my body was unwell I asked for help from my local GP.

Another aspect of my life that was affected by my caring responsibilities was my social life. I found it really hard to see friends and go out and enjoy myself as I would feel guilty to leave my dad by himself, I would also worry that something bad would happen if I was not home.

This affected my home life as well. I would feel so low while in my own home due to my low mood. My family relationships were affected and strained as I would believe that others didn’t understand how I was feeling.

What help did you receive?

I received a lot of support once I figured out I was a young carer. I have had 1 on 1 session with a support worker within the South Ayrshire carers centre. I was also included in a group for young carers my age. I have also received support and guidance from my support workers and work place.

I had support with figuring out my financials as I became responsible for the house hold income and this was a major responsibility that I had no idea how to handle at 16, it wasn’t till I was put in touch with employability and skills did I feel like I finally had control of my money and bills.

What support do you know about?

I know that there is a lot of support now in place for young carers. The young scot website is full of information about support and handy tips for young carers. There is also the young carer’s centre in Ayr that can answer any question you may have about caring.

There is the new carer’s grant that can be extremely helpful for young people who may need that little bit of help financially.

 

Ilse Cuthbertson MSYP carer’s trust

When did you become a young carer?

I was 13 when I started to care for my gran. My caring started as emotional support which changed into physical and emotional at 17.

How I became aware I was a young carer?

I found out I was a young carer after I went to speak to my guidance teacher at school. Who listen and supported me by referring me to South Ayrshire’s carers centre when I was 16.

How did your daily tasks impact you?

My responsibilities were very mentally draining however my role was also extremely rewarding. This cause a conflict of emotions that was hard to understand at times.

What help did you receive?

I was lucky as I received support from my school, I had a lot of emotional support from teachers and I also had the support of the carers centre through rest bite and 1 to 1 support.

What support do you know about?

I would suggest that other young people struggling with their responsibilities talk to their guidance teachers, doctors, CAMHS, a trusted adult or the carers centre.