A young carer is anyone under 25 who helps to look after someone with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. Being a young carer means doing extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and move around.
What is the impact of being a young carer?
Being a carer can have a profound effect on young people’s lives. The impacts of being a carer can include:
missing sleep (e.g. have to get up in the night or stay up late) taking care of someone at night
Because of caring duties at home, being absent or late for work or classes
Because of caring duties at home, missing out on work and events at school
Because of caring duties at home, not having time to hang out with my friends
Because of caring not having enough time to take care of my own needs
having to do things that make me upset
Feeling very lonely
Feeling like I can’t cope
Changing future school or work plans
Are you or someone you know a young carer?
A young carer is anyone who regularly undertakes one or more of the tasks below:
Take responsibility for shopping for food for the family
Make main meals for the family
Wash or iron clothes for other people you live with
Help with financial matters such as dealing with bills, banking, collecting benefits
Help with paperwork e.g. writing letters for someone, filling in forms
Interpret, sign or use another communication system for the person you care for*
Interpret for someone you live with because English is not their first language
Go to the doctor or hospital with the person you care for
Help the person you care for to dress or undress
Help the person you care for to have a wash, bath or shower
Help the person you care for to walk, get up the stairs, get into and out of bed
Help the person you care for use the toilet
Making appointments/being main point of contact for the cared for person’s GP.
Help the person you care for with their medication e.g. making sure he/she takes their pills, giving injections, changing dressings
Take brothers or sisters to school
Look after brothers or sisters on your own
How we support young carers
Young carers aged 5-16
We know how important it is for young people to have a break from the responsibilities of caring, to socialise and to meet other young carers. Our support includes drop in sessins at our Carers Hub for young peipke to relax and take a break, half term trips and activities, trips away (residentials), and advice and support about particular issues or challenges young carers are facing.
We understand how challenging it can be to juggle caring with school, college, university or a job. We provide drop in sessions to relax, advice and support from benefits to housing, monthly trips with other young adult carers such as to the cinema and theme parks, and work experience.
We provide information to help you identify if someone you work with might be a young carer and we run free information and training sessions for schools. Young carers aged 5 to 16 must be referred by a professional in order to access our services.
To use our services for young people aged 5-16, we need a referral from a professional – this could be a teacher, social worker, GP or someone else who supports you and/or the person you care for in a professional role.
You can register with us yourself, or we are also happy to receive a referral from a professional – this could be a teacher, social worker, GP or someone else who supports you and/or the person you care for in a professional role. You just need to fill out our referral form and return it by email.