Around a quarter of a million of children and young people look after a relative in the UK (Office of National Statistics, 2011). If you are under 18 and look after a friend, neighbour or relative in a way that might normally be expected of an adult, you are a young carer.
What do young carers do?
Young carers give all different kinds of support. You may do practical things like cleaning and cooking, help with medication, sort out appointments, help care for younger siblings and/or provide emotional support and a shoulder to cry on.
How can I get more help?
If you are a young carer, it’s important to get support for yourself. Even talking about your situation and getting things off your chest can help. The Off the Record Young Carers Service offers emotional support, social activities, help with education and counselling to young carers in Croydon. If you are aged 7-25 and caring for someone with a physical disability, mental health issue, long-term illness or learning disability, call the Young Carers Service on 020 8649 9339, option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.