Studies show there are over 11,000 young carers in Birmingham aged 5 – 24 years old, yet 89% of Young Carers feel lonely. And with only 4 young carer projects in the area, it’s not hard to see why.
We want Young Carers to know that they’re not alone. We want to remove the stigma that Young Carers feel. We want Young Carers to be accepted and understood.
Our projects, Release Young Carers and Upbeat, work with vulnerable children and young people aged 5 – 25 years who adopt a caring role for a parent or relative. We offer support and respite for children aged 5 – 17 offering the chance to be young, meet other young carers and most of all have fun. We also provide life coaching and individual support for Young Adults Carers aged 16 – 25.
It was scary when Mum got ill, I didn’t know what to do. Release helped me understand what was happening. I’m not scared anymore.
Adam, Young Carer
People at the YMCA help me with stuff as well. I have friends there that I can relate to and we can talk ... Without them I wouldn't be myself. I wouldn't be the bubbly Ana that people know me for.
Anastacia, Young Carer