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Young carers missing out, poll says

Wednesday 12 September 2012

 

From the UK's Press Association:

 

HopscotchYoung carers missing out, poll says

(UKPA) – Aug 16, 2012

Young carers are missing out on normal, everyday activities enjoyed by other children and teenagers, according to a survey.

A poll carried out by Ipsos MORI Scotland on behalf of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland compared the lives of carers aged between 10 and 19 with other people of a similar age.

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."

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The above originally appeared here.

 


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