Young carer

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 organisations.

Useful contacts




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.

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.

Young carer