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Carers stories
Am I a carer?
Combining education with care
The ups and downs
Looking after yourself
Dealing with bullies
Growing up as a carer
How to communicate
Communicate with friends and peers
Dreaming about your future
Who can help?
Join the community
Do a number of the following points apply to you?
You look after, help, or support a family member or a friend who has a physical disability, a mental health issue (e.g. depression), a cognitive impairment (e.g. dementia), addiction (to alcohol and drugs) or any other health-related conditions.
You are concerned about the well-being of your sick or substance-abused family member or friend.
You have to do the shopping for your family.
You help someone with bathing or dressing.
You help someone to go to the toilet or get into bed.
You take care of housework, for example, dusting and hoovering or washing and ironing.
You organise the family budget and deal with bills, banking money.
You do most of the cooking for your family.
You help someone to take medication.
You work part time to bring money in.
You offer emotional support to your family member/friend through bad times.
You keep the person you care for company e.g. sitting with them, reading to them, talking to them.
You keep an eye on the person in need of care to make sure s/he is all right.
You take brothers and sisters to school (or pick them up).
Because of your caring responsibilities, you feel you don’t have enough time for yourself, you have problems at school, you are not able to do the things you want to do in your free time.

If many of the statements apply to you, you may be a young carer (if you are under 18) or a young adult carer (if you are aged 18-25).

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