Posted: 24 September 2015

Charlie’s story: My life as a young carer

Charlie, aged 19, has cared for his mum since he was 4 years old.

Below Charlie speaks about life as a young carer and his involvement with our Young Carers in Focus project.

Charlie's story

Since we were young, my sister and I have cared for my mum, who has multiple sclerosis. My role would be varied, from giving daily injections to providing emotional support and checking she’s ok. If I wasn’t with her, I would worry constantly about what was going on and if she didn’t pick up the phone, would think the worst.

When people ask me if I’ve felt  I’ve missed out on anything, I don’t know what to say because being a young carer is all I’ve known. Through my involvement with The Children’s Society and the Young Carer’s in Focus project, I’ve met other young carers who understand what it’s like and made some lifelong friends. This support has been a lifeline and I don’t think I’d be where I am today without it.

Support young carers 

Across England there are thousands of children who are being denied a childhood, education and future. Children as young as five are caring for a family member who is ill or disabled, without any other means of support.

Through our direct services across the country, we provide support for young carers and their families, to help these child carers enjoy their childhood. Your support can give them a brighter future.

Your gift today can help us reach more children like Charlie and give young carers the vital help they need.

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