Young carers

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps to look after someone who has a physical or learning disability, a serious illness, mental ill health, a dependency on alcohol or drugs, or someone with HIV/Aids.

The person cared for may be: a parent; grandparent; brother; sister; other relative; or a close friend.

Young Carers’ Project – support for children and young people in their caring role. This includes providing:

  • information;
  • practical advice;
  • emotional support.

You can contact the Young Carers’ Project yourself or you can be referred by your parents, a teacher, a social worker or other health professionals.

The Young Carers’ Project has friendly staff who will meet with you to find out what’s best for you for and your situation. There are regular activity sessions and a chance to talk about any issues, or just to have a break and some fun.

Young carers was last updated on February 15, 2013.