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Emma's Story



Emma is now 17 years old, she first became a young carer at the age of 9 when her Dad left home. Her Mum suffered from severe asthma and was a diabetic. She also developed depression, where she would shut herself away, leaving Emma and her younger brother to get on with things.

Emma says
"My brother and I had to learn to do everything; we both felt isolated and very much alone, a disagreement within the family meant we had no family support. Both my brother and I attended Young Carer Groups, this gave us the chance to relax, be children, have a laugh and not think about what was happening at home.
Mum was very proud and this did stop her asking for help, my brother and I were at times overwhelmed by the chores we had to do along with our school work.
In July last year my Mum died. My support worker was there through it all and after the funeral made sure that my brother didn't miss an opportunity to go to university.
I am currently at college in Edinburgh, again with encouragement from my support worker, who I will be seeing for the last time this week. I know without her help, encouragement and support my brother and I would not have had the chance to move on and make a life for ourselves."

Are you a young carer?
Do you help look after a parent, brother or sister?
Do you miss out because you have to care?
Fife Young Carers supports children and young people whose lives are affected by caring.

You can refer a young carer to us using the referral form below:

Click here to download our Referral Information Form




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