Young Adult Carer | Emily Hicks named as the Patron’s Award Winner 2016 |

by Antonia








A huge congratulations to Emily Hicks!!! She won the Patron’s Award which was awarded by the HRH The Princess Royal at the Festival of Learning Awards in Birmingham. Emily has been a young carer since the age of 11, she has been the main carer for her mum who has Bipolar. The now 26 year old, who is dyslexic went from getting a few GCSE’s to achieving a degree in Social Care in 2014, at Manchester Metropolitan University. This year she has landed a job as an activity co-ordinator, at the York Carers Centre. Emily was nominated by Carol Taylor, she met Emily in 2010. As mentioned in the video they both said;

“Basically Emily has been absolutely amazing, she is never ever ill humoured. I’m sure life must really get her down. But i’ve never seen her when she’s not full of life and full of beans..and she’s absolutely determined to make the best of her life.” – Carol

“I think Carol nominated me because, i’ve worked alongside her obviously with Government work and she’s been there by my side and seen me be this nervous, young person to now going up, not even phasing me speaking in front of Princess Ann and the MP’s. – Emily


“I am so proud to receive this award and I hope it inspires more people out there to keep striving for something if they really want it, and believe in themselves. I’m not done yet; I want to keep learning and widening my skills and knowledge. Social care is facing a huge problem and I would love to think that I can make a difference to young carers and improve others’ lives.”

Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning & Work Institute, which leads the Festival of Learning Awards said: “Emily’s is a powerful and inspirational story. She demonstrates the power that learning has to transform lives and enable people to reach their potential and achieve their ambitions.
“Emily has combined caring responsibilities with learning, overcoming every challenge she has faced. And she has used her own experience to support and champion the needs of other young adult carers. She is a truly remarkable person and a worthy winner of this special award.”

In my previous post about student carers, it showed the difficulties of being a carer and trying to further your education and/or establish your career. But with and perseverance and patience it can be done. Furthermore having your own health issues and caring for your loved one, can be exhausting and uninspiring. But i believe the love you have for your loved one and your passion for your work goals, can take you where you want to be.

“Even if you feel like you can’t do it, fail if you have to fail and then go back at it. You know, there’s no failing in it. If i can do it, you can do it. – Emily Hicks