A teenager from Aylesbury wants professionals to be more understanding of young carers and provide better support to those looking after loved ones.
Eighteen year old Kira Purdom cares for her 19-year-old brother who has ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome.
She is concerned the responsibilities of others in her situation often go unnoticed, and has made a Fixers film with her team showing how a little compassion can go a long way.
‘I’ve been a young carer for as long as I can remember,’ she says.
‘It usually involves making sure my brother is calm and taking his medication on time.
‘You have to grow up fast and although it might be difficult at times, I try not to show it.
‘What makes things harder is professionals, such as teachers and doctors, not understanding what we do.
‘We’re not asking for any special treatment, but the occasional “how are you?” can make a massive difference.’
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As well as handling her other duties, Kira works in a care home.
Her dramatized film, which is based on real life, follows three young carers and their daily routines.
It calls on people to show more empathy towards young carers and be more understanding of their circumstances.
The group plan to launch the film during Young Carers Awareness Day on January 25th at an event in Aylesbury.
‘I’m very pleased with how the film turned out,’ she says.
‘We wanted to show what it’s like being a young carer and how it would be nice if our efforts were recognised by professionals, which could make our lives a little easier.
‘I would like to thank Fixers for giving us this opportunity. It gave us all something else to focus on and tell the story of young carers.
‘I wouldn’t swap my caring responsibilities for anything, but it’s nice knowing that others care about us too.’
This project was supported by Heart Of Buckinghamshire Community Foundation.
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