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Help us find new and better ways to identify and support young carers

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We don't often put out straight news stories but this one features an important request. The Department of Health has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to improve identification of young carers. This is a key piece of work designed …

Caring and working: new film highlights why employers should recognise and support their amazing staff

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As an independent voice for the people of Essex, Healthwatch Essex collects the views and lived experiences of people across the county. This information is used to inform recommendations to help improve, design and support the delivery of local health …

A young adult carer’s perspective 2: care, sleep, care – repeat

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Lavinia Scott (24) remembers the early days of her caring role very well – it started when she was around eight years old as her mother endured a series of mental health issues including severe depression. In this third and final blog …

A young carer's perspective: caring is as normal as putting on my socks

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To mark Young Carers Awareness Day, it is our privilege to host a series of blogs featuring the voices and experiences of young carers themselves. Meet this remarkable boy, aged 12, who has cared for his mother for as long as he can …

Countdown to Young Carers Awareness Day: why everyone deserves the chance to achieve their dreams

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Thursday 26 January marks this year’s Young Carers Awareness Day. Organised by Carers Trust, it’s an opportunity to not only acknowledge the debt we owe the many thousands of children and young people who care for their loved ones every …

Staying well is not always easy - campaign highlights vital needs of older carers

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Winter is well and truly with us now and with it comes the annual NHS campaign to ‘Stay well this winter’. It’s no surprise that older people – including carers (typically 65 and older) – are a significant target audience, …