A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps look after, or who's life is effected by, a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you’re a young carer, you will most likely help look after a family member, friend or loved one.

We know that young carers may often help with:

  • Sibling Care
    • Looking after brothers and sisters.
  • Communication
    • Helping someone communicate with others
  • Practical tasks
    • This can be helping with cooking, cleaning and other tasks such as shopping.
  • Physical care
    • You may help someone move around or get out of bed. 
  • Helping someone take their medication
    • You may also help someone collect their prescriptions.
  • Emotional support
    • Helping or talking to someone who may be feeling distressed or down.
  • Personal care
    • This can be helping someone get dressed or washed

If you feel like you, or someone you know may be a young carer and you would like some more support, please visit our Support for Young Carers page for more information about how we can help.