How we’ve helped Emma

Emma, a young carer in Winchester (former student at Kings’ School), talks about the support she has received:

For the past 4 years, I have been caring for my disabled mum who has a long term illness which has deteriorated over the years.  At any time, I never felt alone because of the help and support given by Winchester Young Carers .In stressful times in school I was able to have 1:1 support so I had someone I could talk to and open up about how I was feeling.  When my Mum had major surgery I was also able to receive support out of school which helped me cope a lot better than if I had been alone.  I also attended the Young Carers festival at YMCA Fairthorne Manor which was AMAZING and gave me time away from caring. As my confidence grew I helped deliver assemblies in my school to make sure others knew about the support available. Now having left school and started college, the support continues when I need it. I never look back at joining Winchester Young Carers.