Are you a young carer?
A young carer is someone who is helping to look after a parent, grandparent, brother or sister or another relative. Typically, young carers are aged between the ages of 5 and 19 and do a number of additional tasks in the family because someone is ill or has a disability, a mental health condition or a drug or alcohol problem.
Young carers have to provide extra help and support to someone else in their family in a way that most other young people don’t have to. They may carry out chores like washing, cooking, shopping and personal care such as dressing or washing or helping someone to move around. They may have to look after younger brothers and sisters. Or they may support a relative when their mood gets low. Each young carer’s situation is different.
But their caring roles may mean they are unable to socialise with their friends, concentrate on their school work or attend clubs and take part in activities.
As a young carer it can be difficult to know what help is available and how you can get it. Health professionals such as GPs or other professionals such as social workers who may visit the family home, can be a useful source of information.
There are a number of projects for young carers. Click on the links below for further information about local services.
Visit Babble to chat to other young carers.