Young Carers Action Day (YCAD) is an annual event all about young carers, and now also young adult carers. It was formerly known as Young Carers Awareness Day. Young Carers Action Day is an opportunity to make real changes for young carers and young adult carers.
This year’s theme is ‘Protecting young carers’ futures’ – it will recognise the incredible skills that they have developed through being a carer – such as resilience, time management and empathy. But it’s also about making sure that young carers have the same life choices as other children and young people.
We have been busy working with young carers, young adult carers and organisations such as NEACO – Take your place and Peterborough United Community Trust on plans for Young Carers Action Day 2021. For all of the latest news on Young Carers Action Day 2021 including the COVID-19 One year on survey and the Young Carers Action Day event being planned by some of our young carers and young adult carers (see below), and resources you can use to help spread the message, visit caringtogether.org/ycad or sign up to receive inside news for carers at caringtogether.org/mailinglist, as we will be sending out a special Young Carers Action Day edition.
Young carers and young adult carers survey
COVID-19 one year on – Have your say and have a chance to win a £50 gift card
As part of the theme for Young Carers Action Day ‘Protecting young carers’ futures’, young carers from Norfolk Young Carers Forum and young adult carers from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire have been busy putting together a survey for young carers and for young adult carers.
This will find out how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect them, as well as what support or action is needed to help ensure young carers and young adult carers have the best possible futures.
They are keen to get the views of as many young carers and young adult carers as possible, and so there are two £50 gift cards up for grabs – and if a young person is part of a young carers organisation/group, their group will also be entered into a prize draw to win £100 for that group!
Here are the links for the survey and it should take 5-10 minutes to complete:
- If you are a young carer (aged 15 and under) please click here or go to – www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YC_COVID_ONE_YEAR
- If you are a young adult carer (aged 16-25) please click here or go to – www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YAC_COVID_ONE_YEAR
Young Carers Action Day Event
Monday 15 March 2021, 4.45pm-6pm
Young carers from Norfolk Young Carers Forum and young adult carers from Cambridgeshire and Norfolk are organising a virtual event on the 15 March 2021 to mark Young Carers Action Day.
They would love for professionals from different backgrounds to join them from 4.45 pm-6 pm.
At the event, which is being planned and will be run by the young people, they will be sharing the results of their young carers and young adult carers COVID-19 one year on surveys.
It will be your exclusive chance to get a preview of what young carers and young adult carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk have been saying about how they are coping as we approach the one-year ‘anniversary’ of the first lockdown.
As well as hearing the results, it will be your chance to consider what action you could take to help ensure that young carers and young adult carers have successful futures.
The event will take place on Zoom, spaces will be limited, so can you please confirm if you would like to attend by emailing [email protected] by Friday 26 February.