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Drugs and alcohol themed week

Drugs and alcohol – how it impacts on you and the person you care for. For a week, from the 30th January, we’ll be running a themed week on this topic. We’ll be providing expert tips on caring for someone who has a drug or alcohol issue, as well as providing information about how to access the best support, for both you and the person you care for. We hope you’ll find this event useful, and we hope you’ll join us by sharing your own experiences with others.

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Coming soon: Drugs and alcohol themed week. Find out more here

Wales - University taster days for young adult carers: Cardiff 17th Feb and Bangor 11th-12th April

New info and advice posts: about beating the new year blues.

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I found a poem I wrote as a young carer in 2010 following a series of incidents at school. Excuse the grammar, I was 11 or 12. Skeptical emoticon

Magnificent Desolation

What fools the weak minded can be,
The meek unable to understand a thing,
They believe themselves to be strong,
I see them as laughable,
It would be easier to end their essence where they stand,
But their mere existence will be torture to themselves,
With this I shall observe their self-destruction,
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With Young Carers Awareness Day only 11 sleeps away, I've been reflecting on my experiences that are most significant to me from my childhood and life as a young carer. The main experiences that spring to mind is the lack of support in my various schools attended, and how unaware they were of exactly what it is I as a young carer went through and the dilemma's I faced.
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A trip out to the cinema might be something you and the person you care for can enjoy together.

Many cinemas have great disabled access. This may include accessible toilets, screens with wheelchair spaces and companions seats, audio descriptions during films, and extra amplifcation via headsets. 

Special screenings

Many cinemas offer special screenings aimed at people with specific conditions:

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