Charity needs £15k to create safe space for young carers

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Published by the Mix96 News Team at 2:43pm 28th November 2016.

"How do I help my mum when depression makes her cry all day?"

"Is my dad going to get better? What will happen to me if he doesn't?"

These are just some of the issues that face young carers - people aged 6 - 18 who care for a family member or relative who has a disability or illness.

Young Carers Bucks now wants to raise £15 000 to create a safe space for the carers at their head office in Aylesbury.

A young carer may support a family member with a physical or mental illness, a disability, or a drug or alcohol related problem. The charity currently support over 700 of them here in Buckinghamshire.

The new space will be used to run workshops, activities and support groups, as well as provide a safe environment to meet staff and have some time away from their caring roles. 

The lease on the 'Own Zone' space costs £15,000 each year, funds which Carers Bucks must raise annually to keep the room.

Research by Carers Trust and The Children's Society reveals that many young carers are underperforming academically,  and on average miss or cut short 48 school days a year, and often have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, due to their caring role.

Sally Mansi, Service Manager at Young Carers Bucks says:  

"Having a space that Young Carers can call their own is so important for us. Young Carers need a safe environment that enables them to talk about issues that any adult would struggle with as well as somewhere they can relax and have some fun."

You can help support the Own Zone by donating on the Just Giving Page.

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