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Young Carers Action Day 2023

Young Carers Action Day 2023


Young Carers Action Day is an annual event that provides practical support and assistance to thousands of young carers throughout the UK.

The day is organized by Carers Trust, a charity organization that was formed by the merger of two non-profit organizations, Crossroads Care and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. They support more than 17,000 carers with access to facilities and opportunities.

What is this day about?

Young Carers Action Day is a chance to shine a light on the important work done by young carers in the UK. Recent statistics show that one in five young adults could become carers to family or their loved ones, but many are unprepared for the role. This can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety, and it’s important that we all do our part to support these young people. Whether it’s by offering a listening ear or volunteering your time, there are many ways to make a difference.

Young people have a lot to deal with, from school to exams. They don’t need the added responsibility of caring for others.

Carers Trust collaborates with a network of charities to offer mutual aid and emergency support to young carers. Their collective efforts have helped thousands of young carers and affected families with resources, social services, and educational opportunities.

Mariam’s Story: A Case Study

A recent interview conducted by the Carers Trust with a young carer named Mariam revealed that she faced difficulties in completing her schoolwork due to her demanding caring role at home for her mother. As a result, Mariam often felt unprepared, stressed and behind in her academic work.

All of that changed when a teacher posed the appropriate question. Rather than asking why Mariam had not turned in her homework, they asked if anything was preventing Mariam from completing her work. That one simple question, and the teacher’s willingness to listen, was exactly what Mariam required.

Mariam told her teacher why she was struggling, and the teacher listened. Then they planned together to help Mariam get her work done without feeling so overwhelmed.

“That ten-minute conversation changed my life because it helped me understand how important it is to get support, and how just a bit of support can really help me as a young carer to manage everything I need to get done.”

How can I get Involved?

You can raise awareness of the critical needs of young carers by observing some of the following:

Raise funds for Carers Trust

You can host a fundraiser on Young Carers Action Day to raise awareness about the goals of Carers Trust, a non-profit organization that does incredible work all year round by connecting young carers with resources and offering much-needed support.

Care for the young carers

March 15th is a great day to recognize young carers. Plan an event; invite members of your community and dedicate the evening to their honour.


Caring for young caregivers is a task that should not be underestimated. Supporting them by sharing their workload, offering respite, and being there for them can go a long way.

Spread the word

Share information about Young Carers Action Day on social media and with your friends and family. Encourage them to get involved and help spread awareness about the challenges that young carers face.

Advocate for policy change

Write to your elected representatives and urge them to prioritize policies that support young carers and their families, such as increased funding for caregiver resources and support programs.

If you’d like to learn more about Young Carer’s Action day, click here.

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