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Expert support for young carers

Are you car­ing for a par­ent, broth­er or sis­ter, or oth­er rel­a­tive who has chron­ic pain? If so, you are not alone.

Accord­ing to 2011 cen­sus data from 2011 there were 177,918 young unpaid car­ers (5 to 17-years-old) in Eng­land and Wales. In Scot­land, 100,000 young peo­ple are esti­mat­ed to be car­ers. These young peo­ple pro­vide care and sup­port in a vari­ety of ways to help sup­port anoth­er fam­i­ly mem­bers in their day to day activities.

Pain Con­cern Car­er Com­mu­ni­ty has set up a forum for young peo­ple aged 16–25 car­ing for fam­i­ly or friends with chron­ic pain. We want to build an online com­mu­ni­ty where peo­ple can dis­cuss, share infor­ma­tion and keep in touch with each oth­er. We invite young adults to share their expe­ri­ences of cop­ing with ill­ness in their social or famil­iar cir­cles and we want to be able to sup­port them and improve the qual­i­ty of their life. The forum is part of Pain Concern’s Young Adult Car­ers project which aims to raise bet­ter under­stand­ing of prob­lems and chal­lenges of young adults pro­vid­ing care for fam­i­ly or friends with chron­ic pain.

Join the forum here.

The forum incor­po­rates a Ques­tions sec­tion where young car­ers can raise any con­cerns or ques­tions which will then be tak­en to our expert pan­el for answers – ques­tions can be asked  to fam­i­ly ther­a­pists, psy­chol­o­gists,  psy­chi­a­trists, phys­io­ther­a­pists and oth­er med­ical staff; we have rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Loth­i­an Cen­tre for Inclu­sive Liv­ing and you can also ask ques­tions to peo­ple who were or cur­rent­ly are young car­ers themselves. 

 If you’re not sure about help and finan­cial sup­port avail­able to you, want to enquire about emo­tion­al chal­lenges you face in your role of a young car­er and how to deal with them, please fol­low the link ask your ques­tions and get involved in the Pain Con­cern Car­er Com­mu­ni­ty

We also invite young adult car­ers to mes­sage us the ques­tions on Face­book, tweet them on Twit­ter using hash­tag #Young­Car­ersQA, email them to or share them via com­ments below. All answers will then be shared on our web­site and some of them will be incor­po­rat­ed into a leaflet for young adult carers.