If you are under 19 and help care for somebody at home, you are what we call a young carer. If you under 25 you are a Young Adult Carer. The person you care for could be your mum or dad, a sister or brother, or another member of your family. You need support too.
Young carers cope with many responsibilities and you might find that you struggle to fit your school work or exam revision in around your caring duties like cooking and housework.
It can also be difficult to find time for your friends. You might find that your friends and classmates don't understand what you are going through as a young carer or that you find it difficult to tell people about what you do at home to help.
During your transition to adulthood you may also find this a difficult time juggling your caring role with your future aspiration of moving into further education, work or training.
You are not on your own. There are lots of young carers out there, going through the same things as you. We have services specially designed for younger carers.
Carers of Barking and Dagenham run a scheme called the Young Carers Project. This offers:
- Someone to talk to about your worries;
- Friendly support and advice;
- A chance to meet other young carers;
- Regular trips and activities; and
- A chance to have some fun doing things you enjoy.
Making friends with other young people who are dealing with the same things as you can really help, and you can talk to someone who understands your situation.
To find out more about this project, contact the Carers of Barking and Dagenham.
The Children's Society Young Carer page
Phone: 0800 1111
Barking and Dagenham Young Carers
Phone: 020 8593 4422
Direct Gov Young People Page