New guide issued to help carers

Voices Northumberland marked last Thursday’s Young Carers’ Awareness Day by launching a new guide to health conditions for youngsters to consult while looking after relatives.

The guide outlines common health conditions that young people are often called upon to provide care for, such as multiple sclerosis, mental ill health and sensory impairments.

The guide’s development was funded by Carers Northumberland.

Caroline Friend, development worker at Voices Northumberland, said: “We want to use Young Carers’ Awareness Day to get everyone talking about the thousands of carers who are so often unidentified and who miss out on vital services and support that they are entitled to.

“With the general awareness and understanding of young carers increased, children and young people with caring responsibilities should then be more easily identified and helped, along with their families, to access the right support.”

In Northumberland, there are estimated to be at least 544 young carers aged 15 and under and 1,517 aged 16 to 24 years. Of those, 210 are believed to provide 50 or more hours of unpaid care a week.

The guide is available online at http://voices-northumberland.org.uk/a-guide-to-health-conditions-for-young-carers