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Give your support to young carers; ADVERTISING FEATURE OVER 5,000 IN THE LIVERPOOL AREA Barnardo's supports and brings together young carers.

DO YOU know a child or young person that may have caring responsibilities for a family member? There are believed to be more than 5,000 young carers under the age of 25 in the Liverpool area alone. Some are supported by children's charity Barnardo's and children's services, others by schools and wider family members, but the rest remain hidden and without any support for them or their family.

Barnardo's provides a support service for young carers across the whole of Liverpool and the Wirral. It carries out an assessment with young carers in their homes and ensures the whole family is receiving the right level of care from a range of agencies, to reduce the negative impact of the young person's caring role.

Barnardo's work with young carers to give them one-to-one support, including emotional support, as well as providing opportunities for breaks from care, where they can meet other young carers, have some fun and share experiences with each other.

The charity supports individual interests and helps young carers to access the same opportunities as others their age, whether that be with school, college, work, training or other options.

Young carers have said how they appreciate the support given to them by Barnardo's. "The only person I feel properly able to talk to about being a carer is my Barnardo's support worker, as my friends and teachers don't really understand," said Morgan.

"Barnardo's looks at the full situation of each family, which is really important as then they can see how best to support you as a young carer, and ensure your family is properly supported too," said Megan.

Contact Barnardo's Action with Young Carers for further information: 0151 228 4455 (Liverpool) 0151 678 7790 (Wirral).

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 28, 2018
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