Young carers in Angus will receive an identification card to help them explain their caring role and help them in health and education settings.
Angus Carers Centre launched the Young Carers Card in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Arbroath, in recognition of the challenges young carers face.
A young carer from Angus Carers Centre said: “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me I just want them to understand my situation. The ID card will mean I don’t have to repeat my situation to different people all the time.”
School pupils often face difficulties as their caring role can have an impact on their ability to complete schoolwork or arrive on time.
Healthcare is also an area where they struggle as they cannot collect prescriptions on behalf of the person they care for.
The introduction of the card allows them to prove their caring role and help increase awareness and understanding.
Angus Carers Centre is a network partner of Carers Trust Scotland. Pamela Christie, young carers support worker at the centre, said: “The launch of the ID card is a culmination of a lot of behind-the-scenes work, particularly with Angus Council.
“The ID card will provide an excellent way for conversations to start between young carers and staff within school to help them ask for support to increase awareness of their caring responsibilities.
“We would like to thank Angus Council for meeting the costs of producing the first 200 ID cards.”