Young Carers

What is a Young Carer?

Mother and Daughter Cooking

“You're a young carer if you're under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.

If you're a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister.
You may do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and move around.
You may also give a lot of physical help to a brother or sister who's disabled or ill.
Along with doing things to help your brother or sister, you may be giving them and your parents emotional support, too.”

Quoted from NHS website: Being a Young Carer - Your Rights

Help with Education / Going to University

The following links and leaflets provide information on some of the support available for young carers in education and young carers going on to Higher Education:
Support with Education
UCAS - Students with Caring Responsibilities

Financial Support

Young carers are eligible for extra financial support from Universities, which is usually non-repayable in the form of a grant. Your child should check with their University choices to find out more.

Useful Contacts

Wiltshire Young Carers Service
01380 729 813
enquiries@youthactionwiltshire.org

Carer Support Wiltshire
0800 1814118

Wiltshire Online Community Support

BANES Young Carers Centre
0800 0388 885

Weston-super-Mare / North Somerset Young Carers Support