Carers in East Berkshire

Carers Week – Support for Young Carers in East Berkshire

Every day, millions of people across the UK care for relatives and friends who are ill, disabled or frail. They do this unpaid, and the amount of care they provide can vary. For some people it can be a 24-hour job. Carers Week (12-18 June) is an important annual campaign which aims to raise awareness of caring and the challenges that come with it. It’s an important week for young carers in particular, who may be unaware of the different support services that are available to them, especially in the East Berkshire area.

Young carers in the UK

The Carers Trust estimate that there are 700,000 young carers in the UK, the equivalent of one in 12 secondary school pupils. They may have to help out around the house by cooking and cleaning, providing emotional or physical care, as well as personal care which often involves other members of the family. Many young carers are still at school, which means they have to juggle their responsibilities with their education which can cause stress as well as impact on their learning.

Support for young carers is important and can help ensure they get a better life balance. As many young carers don’t even realise that they are carers, initiatives such as Carers Week are vital.

Support for young carers in East Berkshire

If you’ve been caring for a relative, new law changes are there to help you and your family get the help you need. The ‘young carers assessment’ works out whether it’s the right thing for young carers to be providing care or if it should be someone else’s responsibility. It can also help you access any benefits you may be entitled to.

Sometimes carers need a break, and there is nothing wrong with that. The NHS has information about replacement and respite care which can help you to find necessary services to help you feel comfortable taking a break, safe in the knowledge that your relative will be cared for.

In East Berkshire, there are a number of services you may wish to consider for getting help as a carer. These include:

  • Crossroads Care Reading provide designated services for young carers to help relieve the pressure of caring. Their services give young carers a chance to spend time with other young people, or time to themselves as well as offer practical help.
  • Berkshire Carers run a number of projects that can help young carers no matter what their situation, as well as facilitate a place where carers can come together to talk to each other online.

There are other services in the East Berkshire community which can help young carers and their relatives to get the help they need, which can be found in more detail on our website.

For out of hours care needs, including palliative care, you can get the help and advice you need from East Berkshire Primary Out of Hours Care. We’re open from 18:30 till 08:00 Monday to Friday, All day Saturday and All day Sunday and Bank Holidays should you need us. Spread the word about Carers Week and do your bit to help raise awareness of the challenges faced by young carers.