What is a young carer?
A Young Carer or a Young Adult Carer is a child or young person that looks after a family member with an illness, disability, a mental health problem or has a drug or alcohol addiction. The term young carer is used to describe a carer who is under 18, whereas young adult carer is used to describe a carer who is 18-25.
Many young carers do not actually recognise that they are in a caring role, they just see themselves as “helping out”.
Here are a few examples of the responsibilities a young carer might have:
- Practical tasks such as cooking, making drinks, housework and shopping.
- Physical care such as helping someone out of bed.
- Emotional support such as talking to someone who is distressed.
- Personal care such as helping someone wash or dress.
- Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
- Helping to give medicine.
- Helping someone communicate.
- Looking after brothers and sisters.
How do we support young carers?
If you or someone you know is a young carer click here to learn more about our referral process.
Our young carer casework navigators may offer a carers assessment but also run a young carers project for young carers aged under 18 or still in full time education offering a range of activities and workshops. Often throughout the holidays we also run a number of trips and activities.
We run a schools project to help teachers and school workers to support a young carer through their education. For more information please click here.
If you would like to support young carers please click here.