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Jane’s Story (Young Adult Carer)

"I live with my mother and sister. I care for my mother who has fibromyalgia, anxiety and several other issues. My caring role includes housework, shopping and taking my mother to any appointments that she has. I have been caring for my mum my whole life but I only realised I was a young Carer when I was 13, as a family member pointed it out and told me about the support available. It was then that I joined the young Carers. They helped support me and gave me breaks when I needed it. I was referred to Inverclyde Carers Centre when I was 18 and transitioned into a young adult Carer. They arranged stress management sessions and other activities to help me with my caring role. I feel much more at ease knowing that there is someone there to help me when I need it, someone that understands my situation and is easy to talk to. I appreciate the work that they put into helping others."

The details here have been edited and altered to protect the Carer’s anonymity.