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Young Carers Action Day 2023

15 March 2023

‘Making Time for Young Carers’

Young Carers Action Day is a national event that raises awareness of young carers, and the incredible contribution young carers make to their families and their local communities.

This year we would like to take this theme ‘Making Time for Young Carers’ and focus on highlighting Dundee as a City where its young carers are identified and celebrated and where the experiences and contributions of our young carers are known, understood, and valued.

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What is a carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to another person who could not manage without their help.
This could be due to age, disability, physical or mental illness or drug/alcohol dependency. A young carer is someone who does this, and is either under 18 years old, or has reached the age of 18 years and remains a pupil at school.

Dundee has continued to increase the number of young carers identified and supported, particularly in primary schools. This has led to an increase in early intervention work with young carers and their families.

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Young Carers Voice

Young Carers Voice are a group of young carers from across the City, supported by Dundee Carers Centre, who have been the driving force of change in the City, working with key decision makers and ensuring young carers voices are heard and acted upon. 

Young Carers Voice have identified that while Dundee has made significant progress in identifying our young carers the wider community still does not understand the diversity and variety of caring roles young carers undertake and their different experiences.

What we are doing this year...

This year we would like to invite your organisation, school, youth group, business, or community group to celebrate the diverse contribution of young carers you work with or support in the city to increase awareness of young carers and their contribution by registering to take part in our Showcase Event on 15th March 2023.

Each group that registers is invited to present a day in the life of a young carer or a group of young carers, remembering our theme for this year of ‘Making Time for Young Carers.” Your “day in the life” should showcase:

  • The types of tasks undertaken by the young carer
  • How the young carer feels about their role (positive and negative)
  • The impact (positive and negative) that being a young carer has on other parts of their life – friends/family/social activities/school
  • Any information, advice, or support that is particularly helpful for the young carer
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Your project can take whatever form you like: A piece of art, a presentation, a song, a short play, or a film…. it really is up to you.

All of the entries will be showcased in a city centre event (venue to be confirmed) on Young Carers Action Day.

Closing date for applications is Friday 10th February 2023.

To register apply below or click here

Please note:

No real-life names or identifiable information should be used in the ‘day in the life’ presentation unless you have the written consent of those being depicted.  We recommend that you use real life to inform a fictionalised example. 

Additional funding may be available for your event via the Carers Act Funding for Young Carers.  Applications can be made via the Young Carers Subgroup and awards will be scrutinised and a panel decision chaired by Children & Families Service on whether to support the applications.

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Young Carers Action Day Latest Updates

See below latest news from local and national sources on Young Carers Action Day.

For more information on Young Carers Action Day please visit Carers Trust Scotland website

Campaign Media Training for Young & Young Adult Carers

Carers Trust are running a series of online training sessions for young & young adult carers to help build their campaigning skills in the lead up to Young Carers Action Day 2023.

In January they are offering an online Media Training session, hosted by Carers Trust Head of Communications Matt Whitticase.

This is an interactive workshop for any young & young adult carer interested in learning about becoming a spokesperson and how to work with the media, where they will have practical opportunities to build media interviewing skills.

The training session for Scotland will be held on Zoom on Thursday 26th January, 5.30-7pm.

To register or for more information please email [email protected].
Support workers can also attend along with young carers if needed.

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