Young Carers Action Day 2024

Save the date!

Fair Futures for Young Carers
Wednesday 13 March 2024

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.

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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.

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What we are doing this year...

Wednesday 13 March 2024
Top Level, Wellgate Centre

This year we would like to take this theme ‘Fair Futures For Young Carers’ and focus on highlighting Dundee as a City where its young carers are supported to allow them to continue learning, earning and be able to participate in activities and events and get on with their lives.

Speak to local organisations that support young carers and their families, as well as local businesses that are carer positive and can help support carers in their employment journey such as:

  • Dundee Carers Centre
  • NHS The Corner
  • Penumbra Mental Health- Dundee
  • Discovery Credit Union
  • MCR Pathways
  • Barnardo’s Work’s Tayside
  • Boomerang Community Centre
  • The Yard Scotland
  • Togetherall
  • Counselling in Schools
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Other events during Young Carers Action Day

Dundee Science Centre – World From Space
Dundee Central Library
12noon – 4pm
FREE to attend – no need to book

Discover how satellite technology is guiding the fight against the climate crisis in Our World from Space workshop.

Participants will learn about the satellites with environmental missions, find out where they are in relation to the earth and explore how the data, they collect can be used to solve problems here on Earth.

As a part of this workshop, participants will also receive a takeaway activity to continue their learning at home.

This project is being delivered as part of a national campaign led by the Association of Science and Discovery Centres with funding from the UK Space Agency and the National Environmental Research Council.

This workshop is great as we can tailor it to different ages on the day so it is suitable for most audiences!

Fair Future Arts & Crafts
Dundee Central Library & Fintry Community Library

From Wednesday 6th March
young people and families can take part in Arts & Crafts at Central and Fintry Library where they will get the chance to colour and display a butterfly to celebrate Young Carers Action Day.

Butterflies will be added to a special mural display at Central Library on Young Carers Action day as part of the full celebrations.

Fair Futures For Young Carers Mural

Young Carers Voice, has collaborated with local artist Diane Selbie, Scrapantics and the Wellgate Centre Dundee to create a mural to celebrate Young Carers Action Day.

The mural is based on this year’s theme: “A Fair Future for Young Carers” and aims to symbolise the transformation, resilience, and strength of young carers. Using a butterfly at the heart of the artwork, each Young Carers Voice member designed a different section of the wings to capture each of their unique differences. They wanted to highlight that fair futures means as well as recognising them as young carers, they are still individuals with their own wants and passions.

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Roadshows are back!

Following on the huge success of last year, we are once again touring schools across Dundee to raise awareness of young carers and their amazing contribution to staff and young people across the City.

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What we did last year...

For Young Carers Action Day 2023 we invited organisations, schools, youth group, businesses, and community groups 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 at the Overgate Centre.  

Speeches and Interviews from YCAD 2023 Launch