What is a young carer?

A young carer is someone who helps care for someone within their family. That person may be a parent, sibling, grandparent or other relative affected by:

  • Physical disability
  • Mental health condition
  • Learning disability
  • Life limiting condition
  • Substance misuse
  • Sensory impairment
  • Any long term illness

Do you think you're a young carer? Take the quiz and find out

Do you help look after your:

Is this because they have a:

  • Suffer with profound hearing loss or sight?

It is likely you are a young carer.

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Other things which may mean you have a caring role.

  • Maybe you help by cooking and shopping.
  • Or you might help with personal care such having a bath or shower or even helping someone to the toilet.
  • It may be up to you to remind someone to take their medication.
  • Perhaps you keep the person you look after company and make sure they are ok.
  • Or you might look after brothers or sisters because the person you care for is too ill.
  • You may even help by sorting finances and paying bills.

Are you a young adult carer?

If you are aged between 16 years and 25 years and help care for someone in your family then you could be a young adult carer and entitled to a service to help you.

We understand the worries and difficulties you may experience as you make the transition into adulthood and are beginning your adult life; the added pressure of juggling work or studies with your caring role, the possible effect on your own health and emotions, difficulty with relationships or choices for your future.

Spurgeons can help by giving you someone you can talk to. We can make sure the correct support is in place for the person you care for, help you make choices about education and employment, check you are receiving the correct benefits, and enable you to meet other young adult carers in similar circumstances and get a break from caring.

Contact us via your local web page.

Spurgeons YC could help you

Do you want...

  • someone that you can talk to about your worries?
  • to meet other young people who are young carers?
  • the chance to have a break, make friends and have some fun?

Visit your local area page to find a group near you.