Anyone who has been a carer for a sick relative will understand the demands and strains that can accompany the role.
But for youngsters, aged between eight and 19-years-old – who are also dealing with growing up and the pressures of school life – it can be much more difficult.
They may be looking after someone with a long-term illness, a physical disability, drug or alcohol dependence or poor mental health.
Young Carers MK is aware of more than 350 young carers in the area, but believes that number to be considerably higher and run activities to support them.
The charity is currently hosting an art exhibtion showcasing work by some of the young carers. The display in the foyer of Acorn House, Midsummer Boulevard, was opened on Tuesday by Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, and interested parties are invited to stop by to view the display during office hours, until January 31.
The show is a chance for young carers to showcase their skills, increase confidence and raise self-esteem.
“It is fantastic to see the level of artistic talent that exists among our young carers,” said Debbie Norton, Young Carers’ support worker at Carers MK.
“The exhibition is proving a real boost to their morale and confidence, with many positive comments being received.”