New research shows unpaid young carers are much less happy than peers

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New research shows unpaid young carers are much less happy than peers

Emily has been caring for her mum since she was 10. 
She lives in Ilford with her mum who has a rare disease called prion disease, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. It means her mother can no longer walk or talk and needs constant care.
Emily is one of many young carers in the UK and has decided to tell her story because she was affected by her responsibilities growing up.

Research from the Carers Trust shows unpaid young carers aged 8-15 are much less happy, more worried and confused than their peers without those responsibilities. 
A survey compared the answers of non-carers and young carers and found the carers group were twice as worried about money, much more worried about bullying, exams and, of course, their families.

Over the years the work needed to by done by Emily has decreased as her mothers illness has worsened, more outside help has been needed to cope.
Emily says:
 "As I'd grown up with it I didn't find it strange, but my friends did as it was hard to understand the illness. It meant that I wasn't able to do some things my friends were doing as she needed help with a lot of things and my dad was still working full time."
"My family is very supportive and my dad, who is superman and who manages to do everything, made it very clear to me that he didn't want my caring role to stop me from doing anything - going to uni, moving out, getting a job. But I know this is not the case for many young carers."
Emily has now graduated from the University of Sheffield and is now back carrying out her caring role as she's living at home again. 
The research also shows more than a quarter of the young carers group analysed said that they don't have enough people to talk to and 28 per cent said they would like to talk to other carers online. For this reason Carers Trust is launching a new online community and website called Babble, especially for young carers to help them make friends with other young people in a similar position and to help counter their isolation.
Emily and Luen Thompson from the Carers Trust Joined Wake Up London to discuss the findings of the new research.

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