As long as I remember I’ve been caring for my mum, but for so long it was un-supported care. She suffers from complex illnesses and depression which means on a bad day she may not be able to get out of bed. I do anything I can to help her from physical help to mental and emotional support. Joining WYC just over a year ago has changed mine and my family’s life dramatically.
Before I joined I was a shy, struggling school girl with no-one to turn to and my dreams were limited. I thought I would be held back by everything I had to do. The incredible support has helped me develop into a confident, happy, young lady.I have been supported through school and home issues with 1:1 support and group sessions. Every time I smile or achieve something new I think “I probably wouldn’t be doing this without the support I receive”.
Everyone at WYC helps to develop children to become stronger and happier and they also help us to love life. Without the support and opportunities I have been given I don’t know where I would be. I have been given the childhood I may not of had and I am now chasing my dreams. My dream is achievable and my caring role doesn’t have to hold me back. I don’t think everyone supporting young carers realises the impact they have.
I have witnessed first hand how lives are better, people are happier and our determination is getting us through. I just hope that young carers can continue to be supported just as I have and have their lives changed for the better.