I’ve been looking after my mum since I was six. Getting her out of bed and ready for the day, cooking meals, cleaning the house. When she’s having a bad day I help to bathe her.
I don’t mind at all but what does make me cross is the way some teachers have treated me in the past.
They didn’t believe I was actually a carer, in my opinion. They thought I was making it up because I didn’t want to do my homework. They’d call me a liar in front of the whole class.
Fixers has helped me to make a short film contrasting the life of a young carer with that of a normal teenager.
I hope teachers will see it and maybe realise they’ve got someone like me in their class – and go and talk to them. That would be great.
The following Fixers helped me with this Fix:
Lewis Woods, Brenda Walton and Jenny Ashcroft from Barnardo's supported me with this Fix.
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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.