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Posted On: 2nd Aug 2013

Supporting Young Carers on ITV

Fixer Becky Rowe
Becky and her siblings cooking dinner at home
Neil Phillips from Worcestershire Youth Services

Getting young people to take care of their chores around the house can be a challenge, but for some young people, dealing with housework and family finances are unavoidable daily responsibilities.

 

To highlight the challenges they face, a group of young carers from Worcester are using a first-person documentary to encourage greater support for the 180,000 unpaid young carers across the UK.

 

Their story was shown on ITV News Central on Friday 9th August.

 

Lead Fixer Becky Rowe (22) and her 19-year-old sister, Sarah, look after their mum who has physical and mental health problems, which prevent her from completing many household tasks.

 

Alongside this, they also juggle their education and social life.

 

‘It can all be really tough. We take on the running of the household and look after our younger brother, Matt, who is 13,’ says Becky.

 

‘Caring for our mum put some strain on us, but as we’ve got used it - it’s become a normal thing. But we have grown up a lot quicker than most people. It is a big responsibility.’

 

With the help of Fixers, Becky and her group are creating film which shows the typical daily routine of many carers across the UK.

 

In the piece, Becky goes to the Youth Support Services, which she visits once a month to speak with other young carers.

 

Becky also speaks with Neil Phillips from Youth Support Services about the importance of her project.

 

He says: ‘It’s important that we find out more about what these young carers do because they’ve developed a skill set that a lot of people their age have not got. It’s important that people see that.’

 

Author: Ashley Scrace

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