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Information and support for young carers

Learn about services and support for young carers who live in the borough.

Who counts as a young carer

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who looks after a family member or a close friend who has a disability, long-term illness, mental health problem or who is misusing drugs or alcohol.

Caring can involve practical and personal tasks such as:

  • shopping

  • cooking

  • washing

  • dressing

  • helping someone get around

  • providing emotional support.

What support we offer young carers

If you or someone in your family is a young carer, you can refer yourself to our young carers' service, using the contact details below.

The young carers' service can provide support to young carers and their families, including:

  • home visits

  • information and advice

  • newsletters

  • referrals to other agencies

  • telephone support

  • school holiday schemes

  • monthly clubs (on Saturdays) for young carers at various venues in the borough.

Links between children and adult services

We have a young carers' social worker working in our children’s services team who can give appropriate support to young people.

This support can include:

  • advice

  • help on joint assessments

  • information about available services.