Peterborough Regional College are hosting a Mental Health Drop in Clinic in aid of Young Carer Awareness Day 2019, under the #CareForMeToo campaign. Organisations attending on the day include LUSH cosmetics, Boots, Guide Dogs UK, Hunts Football Association and others; the clinic hopes to provide family carers with information, advice and guidance to promote their well-being and mental health.
Peterborough Regional College is an ambassador for change supporting young carers and young adult carers in college to achieve their potential and access support when their caring responsibilities become overwhelming. This Christmas they gave young carers and young adult carers tickets to attend the pantomine and go for afternoon tea, making caring easier this Christmas.
Caring has well evidenced negative implications for the health and wellbeing of young people. The recent 2011 Census showed that the percentage of children aged 5–18 who reported their perceived general health as ‘Not good’ was higher among those providing unpaid care compared with those not providing it. Young carers providing 50+ hours of care a week were up to five times more likely to report their general health as ‘Not good’ (Carers Trust, 2014)
If you are an organisation interested in having a stand or running an activity at the clinic, please get in touch with us.