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Young carers

Young carers

If you're under 18 years old and look after another person at home, you may be a young carer.

You might look after someone because they’re:

  • disabled
  • have a long-term illness
  • have problems with drugs or alcohol
  • finding it hard to cope with being a parent or carer

We can help the person you care for with:

  • personal care, getting up, washing and dressing
  • going to day care services or an activity they go to during the day
  • use of a home delivery shopping service
  • a place to stay for a short time so you can have a break from caring
  • alarms, adaptations and equipment in the home

Help for you

As a young carer you might:

  • find that you can’t go out with your friends
  • be confused or angry about the situation at home
  • have problems at school or college because of your responsibilities at home
  • feel alone and unable to talk to anyone about your situation
  • need help with the caring

Your wellbeing is our first concern. We'll involve you in any decisions about the help you need.

We can help you with:

  • someone to talk to, both one to one and in groups
  • youth clubs for young carers
  • a carer's emergency card
  • link worker in school
  • mentoring and counselling
  • free health check-ups
  • carer's training in subjects like lifting, medication and food hygiene
  • breaks for you from caring

Some services are free, and we can even arrange to pay for transport so that you can use them

Find out who you can talk to about getting support