25 November 2020

Raising awareness of carers' rights

Posters have recently been designed to raise awareness of young carers’ rights to coincide with Carers Rights Day on Thursday, November 26.

The theme of the awareness day is Know Your Rights. The brightly coloured leaflets and posters aim to help young carers identify themselves in a carer role, raise awareness of young carers to professionals, and the public and inform young carers of available support.

The leaflets and posters have been sent to all schools in Aberdeenshire, GP practices as well as to council services such as children and families social work.

A young carer is anyone under the age of 18, or 18 if still at school, who cares for a family member or friend due to illness, disability, mental health or addiction. Caring can be physical, emotional or practical support.

The materials were designed by Foyer Graphics (part of Foyer Enterprise Group) with input from the Mackie Academy Young Carer Group.

Quarriers are commissioned to provide a carer support service for both adult and young carers in Aberdeenshire.  More information about Quarriers is available on their website: https://quarriers.org.uk/services/young-carers-support-service-aberdeenshire/

For further information about the support available for young carers in Aberdeenshire please visit the council website: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/caring-for-others/support-for-young-carers/

Please email carersupport@aberdeenshire.gov.uk if you require copies of the new young carer materials or for any other carer support queries.