Young Carers

Northamptonshire Young Carers Service

Northamptonshire Young Carers Service exists to help promote the health and wellbeing of young carers and their families.

We will work to make sure young carers are identified and recognised within our local community and help to prevent them taking on more responsibility than they should or could cope with. We aim to help them reduce feelings of isolation. We understand that young carers are individuals in individual families and have different needs.  We will allow young carers and their families a say in what our support will be with a focus on improving confidence and helping prevent the type of problems that young carer families may face.

We aim to promote an understanding of the balance needed between being a Carer and having an opportunity to have hopes and dreams that will in turn help young carers to fulfil their individual potential.

Launch of Northamptonshire Young Carers New Short Film

‘One Million of Us: Recognising and Supporting Young Carers’

The first ever parliamentary inquiry into young and young adult carers revealed that there are now an estimated one million young carers in the UK and that the time they spend caring can lead to them falling behind at school and can damage their life opportunities (All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry, Nov 2023).

Northamptonshire Young Carers Service (NYCS) supports young carers across the county and sees first-hand the impact a caring role can have on a young person and their life chances. We have been working with local young filmmaker, Ellie Wickes, to give young carers an opportunity to have their voice heard and share their experience, in a new short film, ‘One Million of Us: Recognising and Supporting Young Carers’.

With the support of a grant from the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, young carers registered with the service have worked alongside Ellie, to research and design the content of the film, which captures what it can be like to be a young carer.

The young carers were involved at every stage of the production, creating storyboards, compiling interview questions and helping with filming and photography and they want to see the film shared with educational and health professionals across the county, to help raise awareness about the experience of young carers. Please share their film as widely as possible to help recognise and support young carers.

You can read the report here.

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