Durkan calls for greater recognition & support for unpaid young adult carers
The charity Carers Trust is launching the campaign to give the 375,000 young adult carers in the UK a voice – and as a call for recognition and support for young adult carers. These are 14-25 year olds who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend who due to illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
Mr Durkan said: “I am delighted to support the ‘Time to be Heard’ campaign and to help raise awareness of the huge contribution that young adult carers make.
“For many of them, theirs is a labour of love, but all too often they are – or feel – taken for granted by society.
“We need to think more about the opportunity cost to young adult carers of the service they devote. Jobs, careers and incomes sacrificed, family life compromised and their personal and social lives heavily curtailed.
“Young adult carers are often invisible in our communities – and the important role they play in caring for family members in Derry and throughout the North is often misunderstood by schools, colleges and universities, by employers, or by those in government.”