A young carer from Leeds, who thinks there should be more support for others in his shoes, has finished his short Fixers film showing why many like him go unnoticed.
Sixteen-year-old Jake Gibbins’ life changed forever when his mum was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Jake's Fixers film is a powerful drama, showing how difficult life for a young carer can be.
He intends to take his finished film to secondary schools in his area to give hope to other young carers who may feel there is no help out there for them.
‘It was a great experience working with Fixers. Of course it can get hard when you’re telling your own story, but I hope we can help as many young people as possible.
‘Young carers are stigmatised in society and just from personal experience. I was even bullied when people found out I looked after my mum.
‘There needs to be more awareness, particularly in schools so that teachers can look out for the signs.
‘Not only that, we need more young carers to come forward, because there are so many that just slip under the radar, and don’t actually realise they are a young carer and that there’s support out there.’
The film also highlights the particularly tough time Jake had juggling his school work with caring for his mum.
‘Before I found out, I was like any other kid hanging out with my friends, but now I’m having to think about other things,' he says.
‘I hope by taking the film into schools, it will open people’s eyes a bit more about what young carers experience.’
You can watch Jake’s film at the top of this story.