Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

There are estimated to be at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16–25, according to census figures

There are estimated to be at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16–25, according to census figures. Many young people find early adulthood difficult. With the responsibilities that caring brings, this time in life can be even tougher. Many young carers face significant barriers and obstacles in education and wellbeing.

Key facts about young carers

The Carers Trust has outlined some key facts about young carers below:

  • 68% of young carers are bullied in schools
  • Young adult carers aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely to be not in education, employment, or training (NEET)
  • 56% of young adult carers in college or university were struggling because of their caring role
  • 45% of young adult carers reported that they have mental health problems.

We’re proud to say our network funds a variety of projects that help young carers cope with the responsibilities of caring. Take a look at Community Foundations have been doing to highlight some of the work their grants have enabled.

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