We are all suffering as a result of the pandemic, unfortunately our young carers more than others. They are the youngsters caring for a family member with an illness, disability, mental health issue or problem with drugs or alcohol. It is estimated that there are up to 4000 Young Carers in Herefordshire.
Herefordshire Young Carers Club (HYCC) a local organisation is doing their best to support these young carers. Research indicates that the average age of these young carers is 12, there are some as young as 5 years old. HYCC provides support and respite for young carers and young adult carers and need more funding to continue to do this. Due to the Pandemic, they have been unable to raise funds through social events and activities as they would normally do. The Herefordshire Freemasons received a call to support this gallant group and have responded by donating £15,170.
Susan Brace from HYCC said “Many Young Carers do not have access to a laptop or have to share one with the rest of the family, so they may not be able to get online and many find it hard to find time to take a break. There has been an increase in stress, anxiety and depression reported to us from our young people, along with increased hours spent in their caring roles. Whereas school or college used to provide some time away from home and the chance to see friends, under lockdown they haven’t been able to have a break at all. The money from Herefordshire Masons will mean we’ll be able to help more Young Carers to get connected and feel less isolated.”
If you would like to help support these young carers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about Herefordshire Young Carers by visiting their website or social media channels: Here