Am I a young carer?

Does this sound like you?

If you’re under 25, and looking after someone in your family, this page is for you. We’ll help you work out if you belong to a group of people called young carers.

What you do

Do you spend time doing any of these things for someone in your family:

  • taking them to medical appointments, or the hospital?
  • helping them to take their medication?
  • helping them to wash themselves, or with personal care?
  • doing the shopping or cooking?

You may do a lot of these things most of the time. Or you may only do one or two of these things occasionally.

Who you help

The person you help might be:

  • your parent
  • your brother or sister
  • your grandparent
  • any other family member.

You may have other people in your family helping out as well, or you may be doing it all on your own.

You may be a young carer

If you can say ‘Yes’ to any of these things, you may be a young carer. Being a young carer means there are other people facing the same kind of situation. People who are going through the same things.

There’s also support out there to make life a little easier, or just give you a place to relax.

Carer stories

Amy's story

On a good day, I'm able to do stuff for me.

Amy

Kris' story

It's okay for it to be hard.

Kris

Tom's story

It's good to see the difference I've made.

Tom