A young carer is a child or young person who provides care support for another person (usually a family member such as a parent or older sibling). They may provide the support to another person who is living with a physical or mental health illness. A young carer may provide support in different ways including;
- Undertaking tasks for the home such as shopping, cleaning and cooking
- Helping to support the person with daily tasks such as dressing or helping to get out of bed
- Supporting the person with emotional needs such as when they are sad or upset
- Caring for siblings.
There is information and support available for young carers ranging from support groups, social assessments, training needs and funding.
Carers Direct Helpline: 0300 123 1053
If you are deaf, deaf blind, hard of hearing or have impaired speech contact the Carers Direct helpline using text phone or minicom number: 0300 123 1004