According to figures from the Carers Trust, there are around 7 million carers in the UK, and with an ageing population, this is only going to increase. Carers sacrifice a lot to look after their loved ones, but who cares for them?
Many people in caring roles are stressed out, anxious, and depressed, and unfortunately, the right help is not always available when it’s needed.
It’s estimated that one in five children and young people are carers, and only half of them have access to support at school. Their caring responsibilities can mean they miss a lot of school and this affects them in the future.
Young adult carers
- Figures show that young adult carers aged between 16 and 18 are twice as likely to not be in education, employment, or training.
- Over half of young adult carers who attend college or university struggle with their studies because of their caring role, and are four times more likely to drop out of their course.
- Almost half of young adult carers suffer from mental ill health.
One in five people between the ages of 50 and 64 are carers. Over 60% have physical health problems themselves, and they are also prone to suffering from mental ill health due to their caring role.
The realities of being a carer
Many carers carry out their caring responsibilities alongside work and looking after their family
Around 3 million people hold down a job as well as caring for someone, and 2.4 million people combine their caring role with looking after children.
Most carers are someone’s family or friend
Many people care for someone they love with very little financial support or other kinds of support, and as a result, it can be a physically and mentally demanding struggle.
Many carers keep their jobs, but many don’t
Though many carers do combine work with their caring role, many don’t. In fact, one in five carers gives up work to care for someone.
Mental and physical health problems are common among carers
Many carers suffer from depression and anxiety, and they can also become quite isolated because of the demands of their caring role. Self-care is also an issue with many carers; they don’t look after themselves well because of the demands of caring for someone else.
As well as having a negative effect on mental health, caring for someone can also affect physical health. Being a carer is associated with a 23% higher risk of stroke than someone who isn’t in a caring role.
It can be hard to cope when the caring role comes to an end
When the caring role comes to an end, whether it’s because someone passes away or goes into long-term care in a nursing home for example, carers can feel lost and without direction.
Offering the right help, at the right time
So what opportunities are there for carers who have had to give up work, or whose caring role has come to an end? They are likely to have lost some of their confidence and might ask themselves ‘what’s next?’
I’m delighted to say that Traincon Learning are joining forces with Essential Beauty Academy in Northumberland to offer a programme that will help to reduce the isolation that many carers experience, and build their confidence by providing training in both beauty therapy skills and mental health awareness. The programme will also be a great springboard into further training and employment opportunities.
The programme details
The programme is called ‘Heal Yourself, Build Your Future’ and it’s fully-funded and open to anyone in a caring role who feels stressed and isolated and wants to learn new skills.
What will I learn?
- How to do a basic manicure
- What is mental health?
- Facial skin care
- Understanding depression & anxiety
- Application of makeup
- Stress & wellbeing awareness
The benefits of taking part in the programme
Taking part in the programme will:
- Improve your self-confidence
- Make you feel less isolated
- Help you learn new self-care techniques
- Help you recognise signs & symptoms of poor mental health in yourself and others
- Explore mindfulness and how you can celebrate the present rather than regretting the past or fearing the future
- Improve your skills, share good practice, and learn from others
When is the programme running?
‘Heal Yourself, Build Your Future’ will run for 2 days (Friday 28th February and Friday 13th March) from 10am-3pm in Ashington.
Are you a carer who would like to get involved?
If you’d like any more information on the programme, or you’d like to book a place, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07917062257.