2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Help for young carers at Christmas

2BR NEWS

6:03am 11th December 2014

T'is the season to be jolly, but for some children in Lancashire, caring for their loved ones comes before anything else.

2BR's been speaking to some of the young carers in the county supported by Child Action North West. Each week the group meet to socialise with other youngsters in the same position, making sure they can grow up to enjoy healthy relationships and get a rare respite from their daily duties.

Roisa is 12 - she looks after her mum who struggles with her mental health and her dad who has chronic fibromyalgia meaning he's unable to move and he sleeps for much of the day. She told us Christmas isn't like you see on the films - her dad can't even pick her up to hug her.

She told us a bit about her role as a carer; "When my mum was in hosptial for a long time, it was actually a bit easier because I only had to care for my dad. But still, it was really hard because he's worse than my mum and I had to look at a list to work out when and what tablets he needed to take."

"Christmas is pretty hard because I have to put up the Christmas tree and it's fairly heavy because it's really big and I have to sort it all out. My mum always gets emotional because of her mental illness and it's upsetting with my dad because I don't get to spend much time with him on Christmas Day. He's that ill and that sore that he doesn't get much sleep so he's always asleep in the day time."

"I usually leave my mum and dad in bed on Christmas Day because they're really tired. But the bad thing is, I have to wait for them before I open my presents because they like to watch me open them. After breakfast my dad usually goes back to sleep and then me and my mum go to see some of our family. For the rest of the day we watch Christmas films."

 

We also spoke to Liam who's 17. He's also part of the Young Carers group at Child Action North West.

For him, Christmas is a happier time of year because his mum is on the road to recovery from her mental health issues. But he said things have been difficult in the past, "Three years ago my mum had a mental breakdown. She was in hospital for a while and it was hard at the time beause I was doing my GCSEs. With a mental illness, you always have it so even though she's getting better, I still worry because it's always there."

"Christmas is meant to be a happy time but sometimes I've felt down because one day my mum can be happy and the next she can be sad so you just have to go off how she is that day. It is sad knowing that other people can be happy as a family. But at the same time, if I see other people happy - it puts a smile on my face."

"At the time that she was really ill I thought that was it because of some of the things that were happening. So I'm just glad that she's getting there. Of course I worry about her some days but we have to take it one step at a time."

"I hope my mum carries on getting better in the New Year and what I would love to say is that if there are any other young carers out there that don't realise that they're carers - get in touch with someone. There are always other people in the same situation as you and we can bounce off each other. You're not on your own."

 

"Ever since I started coming to Young Carers, it's like a weight has been lifted."

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Homeless Foxton Centre preston

Volunteers needed to help the homeless

Foxton Centre looking for people to join them

Most read
Police Line

Diversion in place after Burnley accident

Police and Paramedics are at the scene.

Police Vans

Body found in search for missing man

A body has been found in the search for a missing man.

Newer article
Older article

Vokes edges closer to return

Local News: Sam Vokes’ recovery from a long-term knee injury took a major boost after the striker completed his first 90 minutes since March.

Top articles

Getting Lancashire running

Local News: You don't have to be a Mo Farah to be active and take part in Couch to 5K

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Foxes' first win of 2017 amid fan protests over Ranieri sacking

Sport: Leicester City proved there is life after Claudio Ranieri by winning their first match of 2017 - days after the man that led them to last season's Premier League title was sacked.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's funeral: Sister hopes socialite 'heals in heaven'

Showbiz: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's sister has led the tributes at the socialite's funeral, saying she hopes "angels wrap their wings" around her and she "heals in heaven".

Brexit bill to be defeated by Lords over EU nationals' rights

National News: The House of Lords is set to give the Government its first defeat on the Article 50 Brexit bill as early as Wednesday on the issue of protecting the rights of EU nationals.

SpaceX to fly two tourists around the Moon next year

World News: SpaceX has announced plans to fly two private citizens around the Moon next year, in the first manned US mission since the 1970s.

Firms start to act in self-defence as Brexit looms - BCC survey

Business News: British businesses have already started setting up shadow units on the continent and shifting investment to the other side of the UK border in Ireland, according to a new report on Brexit from Britain's leading business lobby group.

Police officer commandeers gritter lorry to find missing boy

Strange News: A missing boy has been found thanks to a quick-thinking police officer who commandeered a gritter lorry to track him down.

Chorley and South Ribble A&E back at risk

Local News: It's on the list for closure or downgrading

Lives in Lancashire - Ben's Bowel Movements

Local News: Meet the inspirational Preston dad refusing to let Bowel Cancer beat him

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Most read

Diversion in place after Burnley accident

Local News: Police and Paramedics are at the scene.

Body found in search for missing man

Local News: A body has been found in the search for a missing man.

2BR Web logo  supported by  Burnley College logo

   Your Profile

@2BR