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Young Carers Awareness Day 2017

Category: Industry News, Self-confidence, education, struggle, experience, responsibilitiies, contributes, dream career

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Today is Young Carers Awareness day (YCAD) 2017, which recognises the UK’s 700,000 young carers.

Carers Trust created the campaign to highlight the challenges that young carers face. They want to emphasise the need to have the right support in place for these children, who often do not realise their hopes and dreams.

Therefore, this year’s theme is “When I grow up” and is all about helping young carers achieve their dream jobs or career.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up. It can affect the young person’s health, social life and self-confidence, as well as often causing many young carers to struggle to balance their education and their caring responsibilities. In a survey, 39% said that nobody at school was aware of their caring role and 26% had experienced bully at school. 1 in 20 young carers miss school because of their caring responsibilities. This all contributes toward them not realising their full potential or achieving their dream career.

How can you get involved?

There are lots of ways you can be part of YCAD 2017.

Share what you're doing on social media using the hashtag #YoungCarersAwarenessDay (and if you like #whenIgrowup), tweet @CarersTrust or post on Carers Trust Facebook page.

Text YCAD17 £3 to 70070 to donate.

Or download Carers Trust’s free resources and materials here.

They also have promotional posters and postcards for their online communities Babble (carers aged under 18) and Matter (carers aged 16-25). If you would like to receive and use these please email web@carers.org

VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email info@vercida.com for more information.

We are also officially recommended by Disability Confident as a step on achieving Employer status, please click here for more information.

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email info@vercida.com for more information.

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