Young carers

A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who is ill or has a disability, a mental health problem or a drug and/or alcohol problem.  They often take responsibility for things normally undertaken by an adult and may do extra jobs in and around the home such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around.

If you think you are a young carer, talk to someone at your school or college.  They will help you make sure you get the support you need to manage your school work and can put you in touch with other organisations that can help you in your supporting role. 

Herefordshire Carers Support – offers practical support and advice to all carers in the county, including for young carers, young adult carers and their families

WISH - wellbeing information and signposting for Herefordshire.  WISH has information to support you in your caring role, together with a directory of activities, events and groups where you live.

Babble is an online community where young carers can find others in a similar position, chat, have fun, share experiences and access information and support online from an expert team.

Carers UK  is the national organisation there to listen, to give you expert information and advice that’s tailored to your situation.

Family support

Sometimes the families that young carers support need additional help.  Your school or college can help refer you to the family support team.