Molly’s Story

Since 10 years old, Molly has looked after her mum, dad, nan and step dad. But she hasn’t let caring get in the way of a bright future. Since joining our young carer programme, Molly has become more focused on her dreams and she regularly speaks out for young carers’ rights.

‘From the age of about 10 I’ve been looking after my mum, my nan, my dad and step dad. I started off looking after my mum who had a slipped disc and a pacemaker fitted.

My nan is registered blind, my dad had a head injury a few years ago and he lost a lot of his memory, and then my step dad had an aortic valve replacement four years ago that went wrong.’

Molly cooks, cleans, picks up medicine and pays the bills. But she hasn’t let that stop her, she’s grown in confidence and she’s finding the time to pursue her dreams.

She is now a champion for young carers. It has given her a new focus.‘I’m very keen to help other young carers, as there are so many out there, younger than me, who do so much more. I raise awareness about the issues that young carers face and what my life is like being a carer.’

‘Young carers are becoming more outspoken – positive things are happening for young carers that I know have helped me and will help other people, so I just want that to keep on happening.’

‘If there are any young carers out there, I want them to know they are not alone, that there are others out there like them, and that there are people around that who will help, and who won’t judge.’

Through our young carer programme, Molly has grown in confidence. She’s made friends and discovered a life beyond caring. ‘I’ve managed to talk on radio, talk in newspapers about being a young carer about how it’s changed my life.

‘I’ve won an award from David Cameron for my work volunteering with young carers, which was amazing. And then it’s influenced me in my degree choice – journalism – talking about things, talking to the media and influencing change and everything like that, it’s just insane.’ Molly later graduated with a First Class degree in Journalism.

‘There are people who will just do everything to get them to their goals, to get them to what they need to be, and what they want to be.’

Carers could be as young as five.

By definition, a young carer is someone under the age of 18 who looks after a family member or friend who has a physical or mental health condition, or misuses drugs or alcohol. They may also look after brothers, sisters or elderly relatives too.

We have worked with those as young as five years old but there could be child carers who are even younger.

This is a true story but names and identifying details have been changed to protect the young person.

Our Christingle Service is on Sunday 19th December at 11:00. All proceeds from the service will go to The Children’s Society.