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.
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.
Make an enquiry or referral
Get in touch with an Advanced Practitioner, call CHAT on 01432 260261 or email:
We will talk you through the process and make the arrangements to contact your family and set up a home visit and assessment.
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:
- Young Carers Club
- Crossroads Together
- Hope Support Service
- St Michael's Hospice
- Talk Community Directory. The Talk Community Directory has information to support you in your caring role, together with a directory of activities, events and groups where you live
- 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.