Am I a young carer? 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.