HCP Social Enterprise is planning to launch a “Dare to Care” challenge similar to the very successful “Ice Bucket Challenge”.
People will be dared to demonstrate they care by accepting a dare. Ideally the dare will be filmed and posted on a social media page which will have a link to a charity of the person’s choice.
A list of ideas for dares will be posted on HCP Social Enterprise website and advice on keeping all dares safe and appropriate.
HCP Social Enterprise are particularly keen to support unpaid carers and children who care for parents and other family members.
The facts in the UK include:
- The average age of a young carer is 12
- Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
- The 2001 census identified 175,000 young carers in the UK, with 13,000 caring for more than 50 hours per week.
- The 2011 census identified 178,000 young carers in England and Wales alone; an 83% increase in the number of young carers aged 5 to 7 years and a 55% increase in the number of children caring who are aged 8 to 9 years. When figures from the Northern Ireland and Scottish census are taken into account, the total number of young carers in the UK total at least 195,000.