Are You A Young Carer?

How do I know if I'm a Young Carer?

Do you…..take on responsibilities at home because someone in your family is disabled, has been ill for some time, experiences mental ill health or misuses drugs or alcohol?

  • Do you…. provide support at home, such as any of the things below:
  1. Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  2. Physical care, such as lifting, helping a parent on stairs or with physiotherapy.
  3. Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
  4. Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
  5. Administering medication.
  6. Looking after or “parenting” younger siblings.
  7. Emotional support.
  • Do you…..feel you miss out on doing things after school or at the weekends because you have to help someone at home?
  • Do you…..worry about how your relative is behaving or feeling and you worry about leaving them alone?
  • Do you….worry about what might happen to your family if you talk to someone about any of these things?

If yes, then you might be a Young Carer.

There's lots of information and help to support you.  You can get in touch with us or ask someone you trust to give us a call. We can come and speak to you at home or at school.

All information you share with us is confidential (unless you are at risk of harm). This means that we won’t tell anyone like parents, teachers, social workers or friends without talking to you about it first.

If you have any problems or would just like someone to talk to in confidence then either give one of our Young Carers’ Family Support Workers a call on 01744 677279, email them on info@sthelenscarers.org.uk, or fill out the Contact Us Form on this website and someone will contact you.

If you would like to receive support online have a look at the Carers Trust website for young people:

https://babble.carers.org/    This is for Young Carers who are of Primary School age, it may be helpful to look at this with a parent or other adult.

https://matter.carers.org/ This is for older Young Carers, where they can read about other Young Carers experiences and also speak to professionals.

As a Young Carer, you have certain rights, such as the right to an assessment of your needs and the right to be supported with your caring role. The carers trust have made a very handy booklet that tells you all about your rights as a Young Carers. You can find that here: https://www.carers.org/sites/default/files/know_your_rights.pdf

You can also visit   www.youngcarers.net  which is managed by Carers Trust and has some great stories, support and information for young carers. 

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