Naomi's story

'As much as young people are struggling, a lot are coming together'

Naomi is a young carer who looks after her mum whilst studying for school.

For young carers, Covid-19 has meant reduced support, increased worry for those they care for and less time away from their caring duties.

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Naomi is 17 and studying for her A-levels. She jokes she’s ‘classed as the Coronavirus generation’ but her and her friends are missing out on an important chapter of their lives.

She regrets taking things as simple as ‘going to school’ for granted and is frustrated that ‘experiences we really wanted have just been taken away from us.'

No child should miss out on childhood and we work with young carers to ensure they're supported and can plan for the future.

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‘We are used to being apart, but we have never been apart this long’

Lockdown for young carers


With schools closed, young carers are spending more and more time at home taking on caring roles.

‘I’ve got quite a few friends that are a bit terrified to leave the house because they don’t want to be responsible if anything does go wrong and then you have got the other side, where they know they need to go out the house for their own mental health.'

On top of this, many have to worry about getting food and supplies for their household.

‘We have been turned away from the supermarket, even though we have got an ID card. Does being a carer count as a keyworker? Because it technically should.’

‘If you can’t get a priority delivery and you have to go down, for some young carers they are risking their families lives just to go and get some basic food.'

Lockdown for young carers


With schools closed, young carers are spending more and more time at home taking on caring roles.

‘I’ve got quite a few friends that are a bit terrified to leave the house because they don’t want to be responsible if anything does go wrong and then you have got the other side, where they know they need to go out the house for their own mental health’.

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On top of this, many have to worry about getting food and supplies for their household.

‘We have been turned away from the supermarket, even though we have got an ID card’. ‘Does being a carer count as a keyworker? Because it technically should.’

‘If you can’t get a priority delivery and you have to go down, for some young carers they are risking their families lives just to go and get some basic food.’

‘you do what you have to do to get by’

Loss of support


‘A lot of young vulnerable young people are suffering, because they’ve got nowhere to turn to now and those young people were given all these resources online and by phone, but it’s not the same as talking in person.’

‘Having everything going on and then support being taken away from them, I can imagine it’s not something that they ever want anyone else to experience.'

If you're a young person affected by lockdown, our hub has information on dealing with stress, anxiety, conflict at home and further support.

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Visit Give Hope to donate a gift to a young person who is struggling at the moment.

‘I think a lot of young people right now could do with something where they just get sent something, involve something interactive that they can do just to take their mind off things for a few hours, just something to look forward to.’

When you donate a vital gift of food, hygiene essentials or well-being boosts, our services deliver them to children who need it.

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‘I think a lot of young people right now could do with something where they just get sent something, involve something interactive that they can do just to take their mind off things for a few hours, just something to look forward to.’

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‘We just want someone to talk to’


As well as caring for her mum, Naomi reaches out to her friends who are classed as vulnerable.

‘We want to make sure that that vulnerable person knows that there’s people there for them if they want to just like have a chat.’

‘Everyone’s coming together like it’s something really weird…the amount of kids that you can see waving at each other through the windows.'

Emergency Appeal


The life of every child has been turned upside down by Coronavirus but you can help by donating to our emergency appeal.

‘All those people donating money, they don’t really realise the impact they are having on a young person.’

‘It’s a simple act of kindness that goes a long way and for a young person that is basically their life.’

- Naomi, young carer

Emergency Appeal


The life of every child has been turned upside down by Coronavirus but you can help by donating to our emergency appeal.

‘All those people donating money, they don’t really realise the impact they are having on a young person.’

‘It’s a simple act of kindness that goes a long way and for a young person that is basically their life.’

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