ME/CFS South Australia Inc supports the needs of sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses. We do this by providing services and information to members.
ME/CFS South Australia Inc aims to keep members informed of various research projects, diets, medications, therapies, news items, etc. All communication, both verbal and written, is merely to disseminate information and not to make recommendations or directives.
Unless otherwise stated, the views expressed on this Web site are not necessarily the official views of the Society or its Committee and are not simply an endorsement of products or services.
Young carers missing out, poll says
Wednesday 12 September 2012
Young carers are missing out on normal, everyday activities enjoyed by other children and teenagers, according to a survey.
It found that only about 11% of young carers see their friends every day, compared to 37% of other young people.
The Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) also said that more than half (52%) of adolescents watch films and DVDs on a daily basis while just 39% of carers do so.
Only 22% of young carers participate in sport either every day or most days, compared to 45% of other adolescents, according to the poll.
The majority (56%) of respondents said they care for their mother, with 60% saying they spend more than 20 hours a week in their caring role, and 20% said they cared for more than 50 hours a week.
The results of the survey are being launched to coincide with the start of the annual Scottish Young Carers Festival, which will run for three days at Broomlee outdoor education centre in West Linton in the Borders.
James Fraser, 16, from Glasgow, cares for his mother Phyllis, 51, who has chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia.
"I spend roughly 54 hours a week caring for mum and I really notice how much less spare time I get than my friends during the school term," he said. "Whilst they're playing football or going to the cinema, I'm usually indoors looking after my mum."
Louise Morgan, young carers services development manager for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland, said: "Young carer groups allow young carers to meet up with friends and enjoy the activities they sometimes miss out on because of caring, while our festival offers them a break from caring and the opportunity to try out lots of different activities and sports."
The above originally appeared here.
blog comments powered by Disqus