Media | Fife schools & social media campaign launches to inspire armed forces young carers to get support

An image of a young carer looking after her sibling in a wheelchair

Young Carers from serving, reservist and veteran families have launched a campaign in Fife schools to raise awareness and encourage greater numbers of young people with caring responsibilities to get support from local charities.

The campaign has launched during Carers Week by a working group of young carers who have co-developed social media videos and posters for primary and secondary school pupils in partnership with Forces Children Scotland and Fife Young Carers to ignite awareness and positive action.

The working group includes Erin Sheldon, Gracie Trotter and Heather Pollock who shared their lived experience to inspire young people, who may or may not be aware that they are young carers, to learn more about the support on offer from charities like Forces Children Scotland and Fife Young Carers.

A young carer is someone aged twenty-five and under who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support on a day-to-day basis.

Young carers can provide practical support, like cooking housework and shopping, to physical, personal care and emotional support. Young people can also help manage family budgets, collect prescriptions and help look after siblings and pets.

This campaign has received funding from the National Lottery Big Community Fund to highlight additional unique challenges young carers from armed forces and veteran families overcome, such as taking on greater responsibilities when a parent is deployed.

Gary Seath, from Forces Children Scotland said:

“The young people involved in our ‘Ignite’ Project have co-developed what has proved a very powerful, emotive series of short social media videos as well as two bold, vibrant and engaging posters which hopefully resonate with peers and families from serving, reservist and veteran backgrounds across Fife.

“At Forces Children Scotland, we can support young carers from armed forces and veteran families in many different ways, and we are very grateful to Heather, Erin and Gracie-Jo for sharing their lived experience to encourage greater numbers of young people to learn more about getting involved with our charity.”

Jodie Burn, from Fife Young Carers said:

“This project was a great opportunity for young carers to work together from both organisations to create posters and a social media campaign to highlight that support, from organisations like Forces Children Scotland and Fife Young Carers, is available for young carers with a forces background.”

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Notes to Editors

For more information on Forces Children Scotland, visit ForcesChildrenScotland.org.uk

For more information about Forces Children Scotland please contact Gary Seath,

Communications Manager (gary.seath@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk)

About Forces Children Scotland

Forces Children Scotland was founded in 1815, which works directly with children and young people from serving and veteran families across Scotland.

We co-produce services and projects to overcome unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing, education, and learning, transitions and much more.

We provide life-changing experiences to forge new friendships through a sense of belonging and shared experience.

We provide financial support when it matters most to young people caring for loved ones and help students realise their potential at college or university.