06 May 2021

Are you aware you or someone you know might be are a young carer?

Aberdeenshire Council and its partners are continuing to raise awareness of young carers so they can receive support they need.

Many young people don’t realise they are young carers, and their caring role is sometimes not recognised by others, including friends and teachers.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Education and Children’s Services Laurence Findlay said: “Caring for a relative or friend is rewarding, it may also be draining and add to that attending school and doing homework, juggling all these competing priorities can make a young person feel alone and unsupported.

“Through identifying young carers’ Aberdeenshire Council along with our partners will target support to make their lives and the lives for those who care for as stress free and enjoyable as possible.”

Leigh Jolly, Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Children’s Services, added: “There is a host of fantastic rewards and opportunities available courtesy of Young Scot for young carers. These packages of support give young carers the chance to take a break so they can return to their caring responsibilities refreshed. Thanks very much to Young Scot and Quarriers Aberdeenshire Carer Support Service for providing invaluable assistance to young carers which will help them flourish.”

A young carer is defined as anyone under the age of 18 (or 18 if still at school) who cares for a family member or friend due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction. 

Young carers may do some of the following practical tasks such as cooking, cleaning or shopping, collecting or giving medication, nursing or personal care. They could look after brothers and sisters and provide emotional support such as talking to someone who is distressed or listening to their worries.  Young carers may not have the time to do things others their age do. They may also feel stressed by their caring role.

There are rewards and opportunities available to young carers thanks to Young Scot’s Young Carers Package. The package includes vouchers, access to subscriptions and exclusive opportunities. 

Due to the Coronavirus lots of the treats can be used at home such as vouchers for Spotify, PlayStation, Amazon and more. There are also Wellbeing boxes with books, games and puzzles for young carers to spend some screen-free time with their household. 

The rewards change regularly, so there is always something new to claim, enter to win or apply for.  Previous rewards included discounts in certain stores and leisure venues, along with free cinema tickets and it is hoped these will make a return soon.

The Young Carers Package is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to recognising the contributions of young carers across Scotland, which also includes Young Carer Grant for eligible 16-to-18-year-olds.  It is hoped the treats will support young carers to make the most of their free time and allow then to feel supported in their caring role.
Find out what is included and how to sign up at https://young.scot/get-informed/national/young-carers-package

Leaflets and posters were distributed to all schools in Aberdeenshire in November 2020 to raise awareness of young carers to professionals and school pupils. 

If you would like additional copies of the leaflets and posters, please email carersupport@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Aberdeenshire GIRFEC website has information relating to young carers, including the referral form for Quarriers who provide a Young Carers Support Service for Aberdeenshire Young Carers. To contact Quarriers telephone 01467 538700 or email aberdeenshirecarers@quarriers.org.uk

For further information on Aberdeenshire young carer (or adult carer) support, email carersupport@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or visit the Aberdeenshire Council website www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/carersupport