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Young carers

Many young people provide care for another person, often a parent or brother or sister.

As a young carer you may feel you are missing out on other opportunities as you have to spend so much time and energy caring for family members who are disabled or chronically ill, or for adults who are misusing alcohol or drugs.

Child doing clothes washingMany young carers suffer from anxiety and exhaustion because of the pressure of taking on adult responsibilities.

You are not alone there are about 700,000 young carers across the country (Carer’s Trust).

As a young carer you might help with:

  • practical tasks like cooking, housework and shopping
  • physical tasks, like getting out of bed
  •  personal care, such as helping someone get washed or dressed
  • giving medicine
  • looking after brothers and sisters

Where can I get help & advice?

Sometimes young carers can face extra pressures and struggle to look after themselves, but it is important to take the time to look after your own wellbeing. The Children’s Society has resources, information and activities for young people.

Carers Bucks has a dedicated area for young carers with lots of advice and information.

The NHS website contains lots of information breaks and respite, benefits including carers allowance and other financial support.