Service raises young carers awareness

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North Argyll Young Carers Service will be at Oban High School today to mark Young Carers Awareness Day.

They will be manning a stall in the foyer and running a quiz with prizes to be won.

January 31 this year recognises children and young people who provide unpaid care for a family member with a physical or mental illness or disability including addiction.

North Argyll Young Carers Service gives support to local young carers aged 8 to 18 and young adult carers aged 18 to 25 offering individual emotional support, advice and guidance, group activities, training, respite and bereavement support.

The service also runs weekly after school clubs and lunchtime groups giving young carers the chance to socialise, get help with homework, build
confidence, have fun and try new activities.

They also organise day trips and residential adventures during school holidays.

More than 80 young carers are being helped in this area to feel valued and supported in the community. The service works closely with other professionals in health, education and social work.

However, there are estimated to be many more unidentified young carers who are not receiving this much needed support.

Anyone who would like to make a referral or wants more information should contact Arlene on 01631 564 422 or