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I am a Young Carer and NHS Health Champion Mentor
I’m also a full time student
I’m Matty, aged 19 from North Yorkshire. I am a first year student currently studying Sports and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University and a Young Carer. I have previously taken a year out from studying to gain experience teaching in schools as a Sports Development Officer. In my spare time, I am either playing sport for the university or football with my mates — I also like to cook!
I help to care for my mother, who has had lower back surgery. I’ve been in my role as a Young Carer since the age of 8. After university, I would like to travel around the world, however this will depend whether my caring role will allow me to. I would also like to pursue a career in Sports Therapy or Sports Biomechanics.
Last year, I took part in the NHS Health Champion Programme, where I then took the opportunity to volunteer as a Mentor. I take every opportunity I can to raise the profile of young carers and the unpaid role we undertake in our everyday lives. It is vital young carers are given the support and guidance they need. Caring can be a very tough and challenging job, especially as it isn’t a role that young people have chosen to do. It’s very important to identify more young carers and make them aware of the support available to them — a majority do not know where they can seek support or that it exists, as they see caring as part of their everyday lives.