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Introduction

Young carers tell their stories on national TV

Young carers tell their stories on national TV

Following reports that on average young carers are ‘working 25 hours a week’ looking after their loved ones, three young people from our Birmingham Young Carers Service appeared ‘live’ BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show to discuss the challenges of being a young carer. 

Spurgeons works with nearly 800 young carers across the West Midlands. They include young people like Mya, 18 from Birmingham who has been supported by our service since she was six-years-old. Mya cares for her father, Jeremy, a disabled single parent. You can read more about her story here.

Young carer, Ellessha, 16, is also supported by the service and cares for her mother, who has epilepsy. Ellessha helps her mother with medication and is on hand to help her during epileptic seizures.

Chloe, 16, also appeared on the show with Mya and Ellessha. Chloe started caring for her Mum who has mental health problems as well as a lung condition when she was 10. She also cares for Dad, part-time, who lives separately and has issues around alcohol misuse.

To read more of Chloe’s story and for details on the report on young carers go here.

After the show, the young carers enjoyed a tour of the BBC studios, followed by a look around London (one of the young carers had never visited before) that took in the famous Hamleys toy shop, Chinatown, lunch and a quick team selfie outside the Hard Rock Cafe.

About Spurgeons Young Carers Services:

Spurgeons delivers support to young people up to the age of 18 who are caring for a family member with an illness or disability in the West Midlands through our Birmingham Young Carers and Wolverhampton Young Carers services. 

The Birmingham Young Carers service was a finalist in two categories at the 2019 Children and Young People Now Awards in the PSHE Education Award and the Young Carers Award for its particular focus on supporting young carers looking after a parent with a drug or alcohol dependency. 

To learn more about our work with Young Carers, click here.