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Posted On: 4th Jan 2019

Caring For Carers

Ali Partridge cares for her mum
She has made a film to help others
Ali hopes people will understand carers more

Ali Partridge has cared for her mum since she was was five years old.

 

Her role has involved doing most things for her and sometimes Ali has felt people don't understand what this means.

 

She has teamed up with a group of fellow carers to create a music video about life as a carer.

 

The 20-year-old from Margate wants others to know they are not alone, and for the public to have a better understanding of what their lives are like.

 

'Over the years my mum has suffered from several serious illnesses,' Ali explained.

 

'I first started caring for her when I was about five. Doing basic bits and pieces for her like making tea, coffee, helping with dinner, getting her up and out of bed, reminding her to take her tablets every morning.

 

'Later we moved into my nan’s house and she fell ill so I cared for her as well.

 

'You get people who are really ignorant about young carers. 'People who think you want to drop out of education or are lazy.

 

'They presume you are caring just because you want to, that you have a choice. And I’d like to change the perception that young carers are always limited in their actions. There is a lot for them to go out and grab, especially if they have the right support.'

 

Fixers has helped Ali and some of her young carer friends to make a music video.

 

 

'It shows that young carers come in all shapes and sizes. Its message is just to be aware young carers always have something going on at home.

 

'There’s always a story behind everyone. The story’s not always brilliant but it can be one of the most rewarding things you do.'

 

Ali's particularly keen that other young carers access the support for them which exists nationwide.

 

She says: 'All the people in our music video have got different caring tasks but we all share a mutual understanding. We all know that when we meet up we’re not judging each other on anything because we know what it’s like. There’s no expectation for us to pretend that our lives are normal.'

 

This project was supported by the Kent Community Foundation.

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Paul Larsmon

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