Unpaid Carers do not always get the support they need or are entitled to. Being a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) person who is also a young adult carer can bring about additional issues.
All LGBT carers are individuals who have different experiences. However, research from Carers Trust Scotland has shown a key recurring issue – many LGBT young adult carers feel they are assumed to be either a carer or LGBT young person,but not both, and their feel their needs as carers are not being fully met.
Young adult carers are aged between 16 and 25 and provide unpaid care to a family member or friend who has a long term illness, disability, mental health problems ,dependancy issues or other complex need
They may experience discrimination and bullying because of their caring role, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Consequently, this can result in feelings of isolation, low self esteem and confidence which can negatively impact mental health and well being. Many young adult carers involved in the research stated they anticipate and fear discrimination and bullying due to previous experiences or some perceived negative experiences in school, work and wider society.
LGBT young adult carers have the right to inclusive services and to be respected,healthy, included and feel safe. They tell us they require fair opportunities to prosper in education and employment and live happy and healthy lives.
Swindon Carers Centre provides support to carers from the age of 5 years old to no upper age limit and an experienced team of practitioners are here to provide information, advice, support and breaks from caring roles.
You can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 531133