A young carer is a child or young adult who spends time looking after and helping a member of their family, or a close friend, with every day tasks they can no longer manage because of illness or disability.
That help may be shopping, making meals, doing the laundry or
nursing care such as giving medication or lifting someone up and
downstairs or in and out of bed. Or maybe you give your time just
to be with someone when they need company.
Young Carers Project
The Young Carers Project offers support to young carers in lots
of ways. They can arrange for someone to come into your home to
give you a break from your caring role, so you can have some time
to yourself. They also arrange groups, trips out and activities
specially for young carers, so that you have a chance to meet up
with other young people in the same situation.
They also offer one-to-one counselling to give that much needed
listening ear, information and advice for young carers and their
parents. They can also offer help and support to all family
members, assistance with housing, benefits and liaising with other
agencies e.g. schools, social care services and other voluntary
Memorandum of Understanding
Carers are supported throughout children's and adults services,
therefore we have recently published the Memorandum of
Understanding signed by the Executive Directors of both
services. This is a good practice guide and statement of
how we intend to link both services to work together on behalf
of young carers.
Cambridge City, South and
East Cambridgeshire Young Carers Project
Huntingdonshire and Fenland Young Carers
Adult Social Care enquiries are the contact point for assessments and enquiries. You can contact them from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturdays, on 0345 045 5202. In an emergency out of normal office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01733 234724.