When my father passed away I took on a lot more responsibilities than most people my age. For example, I support my 16 year old sister.
Being a young carer has a huge effect on your life. Apart from anything else it has a massive impact on your ability to socialise with friends. Most of them don’t understand.
I also know from my own experience that many young people are carers, but don’t realise it.
It’s not all bad. Being a young carer has empowered me and made me more resilient. But I would like more people to understand what our lives are like.
I'd like to thank the following people for helping me with my Fixers project:
Georgia Irwin Ryan
Thanks for support from Joel Lamb of Essex Youth Service, Essex County Council.
Tilly and Bella
Shak & Natasha
Mary-Anne White and Lucy Wills
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.