About Young Carers

Young carers are children or young people up to 25 years of age, who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem.

If you are a young carer you may help care for a parent, a sibling, a child or a grandparent, or even other relatives or a friend.

You might help out with cleaning or cooking, getting a relative or a friend about the house, helping with medicines, keeping them safe, showering or dressing them or just watching out to make sure they are okay.

What's it like to be a young carer? 

Many young carers tell us that caring can be a great thing to do - that they're proud of who they are and what they do and that they've built up a whole range of useful skills.  

Sometimes though young carers say that caring can affect how they feel, how much time they get to spend with friends, doing school work or holding down a job, and that often they need some help.

If you are a young carer the information on this website will give you tips on how to look after yourself and the person you are caring for.