Calm. Cool. And a carer.
Matthew, 17, Sheffield
Photo: Parkways estate, Sheffield
I care for my mum, who has a thyroid disorder, and my dad, who has dyspraxia and a hernia. Both of them have depression. They are separated and live at different ends of the city.
In my future I dream of a house. I want to be settled in a relationship, with a well-paid job. I’ll probably be caring for my parents.
I’d like the education system to be more supportive of young carers and what they experience. Like, a bit more time to do homework – but then other kids would start lying just to get extra time. But something needs to be in place. Once, I tried to ring my mum at school and the teacher took my phone and said: ‘you can talk to mum when you get home’. Or, I get detentions for being late – we should be allowed to be late if we’re caring. They don’t get it.
The young carers project and being a young carers in focus champion have made me more confident. I have calm vibes.