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Support available for young and adult carers

To mark Carers Week, young and adult carers are being asked to come forward and give feedback on their situation and the support they need.

Coun Patricia Bradwell (Con), executive councillor for children’s services, said: "I’d like to encourage all young carers and their friends, to tell us what would help in identifying and supporting them and their families.

"There’s no need to struggle on your own, we can support you."

A Carers Trust survey revealed adult carers appear to be four times more likely to have to drop out of their college or university course than other students.

Almost 1500 young people under the age of 19 who have a caring role within the family home are supported by the county council.

However, it is estimated there are many more young people who do not identify themselves as carers and are missing out on support.

"In Lincolnshire, we want to ensure every young carer is recognised, valued, and supported to have good health and wellbeing and achieve their full potential.

"So it’s important we work in partnership with children, young people and families to help provide services and support that they need," said Patricia.

On average, two young carers in every UK secondary school miss or cut short around 10 weeks of school each year because of their caring role. Many report problems coping with school work and nearly 60 percent say they struggle to meet deadlines.

A Carers Trust survey revealed 56 percent of young adult carers in college or university were struggling because of their caring role, 17 percent said they may have to drop out for reasons associated with their caring role and 13 percent said that they may have to drop out for financial reasons.

The Lincolnshire Young Carers service helps and supports children and young people up to the age of 18 who are helping to care for someone at home.

Lincolnshire Young Carers can be contacted on 01522 553275, or email youngcarers@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

The Lincolnshire Carers service, delivered in partnership by Carers FIRST, support young adult carers aged 16-24 and can be contacted on 01522 782224 or email CarersService@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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