There are over 2,000 people aged under 18 years of age who are 'young carers' in Staffordshire.
Young carers provide, or intend to provide, care, assistance or support to another family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, or has a substance misuse problem.
Sometimes it can be difficult to recognise someone as a young carer - but does this sound like your family or a family you know?
I am a young carer. Where can I get support?
If you live in Staffordshire there is support for you at The Carers Hub. They support carers by providing tailored advice, training and information a whole range of topics and situations.
Young carers can carry out significant or substantial caring tasks, taking on a level of responsibility that is well above what should be expected from a young person.
As well as the daily tasks, such as housework, cooking and bathing, young carers live with the added pressure of school. Caring can be satisfying but it can also be exhausting and make great demands on a young persons time, health and emotions.
The Carers Hub can be contacted on:
Phone: 0330 1231937 (calls are charged at a local rate)