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.
We work with young carers to help them recognise the useful skills they have as well as giving them the chance to spend some time having fun and not worrying about their responsibilities.
- One to one support
- Groups and activities
- Support at school