Young Carers Action Day, celebrated on 16th March 2022, is a nationwide event organised by the Carer’s Trust aimed at raising awareness of the struggles and importance of young carers across the country. It has been celebrated across the country for the last 6 years and helps to raise awareness for young carers who make massive contributions to their communities and families.
It is believed that as many as 1 in 5 secondary school-aged children have been or will be put in the position of a young carer, often being responsible for a family member who is ill, disabled or incapacitated for other reasons. As a consequence, many suffer from issues relating to caring at such a young age, including a damaged social life, isolation and reduced educational progression.
This year the event has been renamed to Young Carers Action Day. Plus, the age range as been extended to cover young carers up to the age of 25 so that young adults can be included in the celebrations too.