In Wolverhampton there are around 600 young people under the age of 15, and 1,800 young people aged 16-24, who look after someone else.
Many of them spend 20 hours or more every week helping family members, friends or neighbours because they are unwell, elderly or have a disability.
“Young carer” means a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person.” (Children and Families Act 2014)
A carer tends to be unpaid and helps to look after another person who could not manage at home without their help. Most young carers look after one of their parents, grandparents or care for a brother or sister.
City of Wolverhampton Council want to talk to young people aged 8 - 25 years old about their experience of caring so we can make sure the right support and services are in place and caring does not have a negative impact on their lives. The council is holding a six week conversation with carers so that their views and experiences help to shape the five year strategy from 2016 - 2021.
Please share your experience of being a young carer and tell us what information and support you would find useful by completing this online survey:
You have until Thursday 21st April 2016 to share your experiences.