Are You Aware We Care?
6-part series, profiling the work of young carers, hearing their stories, giving them a voice and learning about the daily challenges at different stages of life.
6x 30min, by The Useful Media Company, first aired 7th June 2021
There is a “hidden army” of young carers in the UK, a recent study reveals that 800,000 secondary aged young people in England are caring for a parent or sibling. This series will follow six young and young-adult carers, hearing their stories, giving them a voice and learning about the daily challenges at different stages of life.
We’ll uncover their feelings, and find out what help they need to achieve. We’ll talk to the people around them to see how different their lives are compared to peers, and hear from schools, young carer leads and unearth what additional support they might or might not receive, discovering how well known and understood their situation is.
These young people are so inspirational, and so articulate. They have had to grow up quickly with their voices, like their role as carers, often hidden from the world around them. This series will raise the profile of young carers and encourage listeners, schools, agencies, councils and the government to engage in conversation.
There are eight broadcast partners attached to the project, but the producer is making the programmes available to any Community Radio station that wishes to broadcast it. The series will broadcast in June 2021, launching in National Carers Week.
Broadcasting stations are:
- Andover Radio
- Sedgemoor FM
- Salisbury Radio
- Express FM
- Hot FM
- Fiesta FM
- Awaaz FM
- Gloucester FM
- Minehead Radio
- Radio Newquay
- Crystal FM
- Radio Skye (Formerly Cuillin FM)