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. Young carers 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.

Impact of Covid-19 on young carers

While Covid-19 has an impact on everyone it is likely that there may be increased pressures for young carers. The support networks you would normally rely on may be reduced at this time. You may need more support from other services at this time.

How we can help - young carer's assessment

If you are a young carer you can refer yourself for an assessment to find out what support we can offer you. Our young carer service considers the whole family when making an assessment of your needs. By looking at the complete picture we can get a clearer idea of your needs and aspirations so that we can support you to overcome any barriers you may face.

Some of the ways we may be able to help you are by supporting you to get in touch with helpful organisations, support with school or college, information, guidance and advice, support for the family, help with keeping yourself and your family safe, emotional support and befriending.

Support accessing school during Covid-19

Would you like support to go back to school? If you need additional support to return to school or talk through your concerns about returning to school please contact the Young Carer Service.

To find out more about the service, take a look at the council support section below.

Make an enquiry or referral

Refer yourself

Get in touch with Elyse Chamberlain or Jake Fosterjohn, our early help support workers. They will talk you through the process and make the arrangements to contact your family and set up a home visit and assessment.

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.

Some of the organisations we work with are:

  • Herefordshire Carers Support (young carers) - offers practical support and advice to all carers in the county, including for young carers, young adult carers and their families
  • Hope Support Service
  • St Michael's Hospice
  • 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.
  • No wrong door - advice and information for young people
  • Carers UK is the national organisation there to listen, to give you expert information and advice that's tailored to your situation.
  • Carers Trust - a major charity for, with and about carers.