Young Carers

Who are Young Carers?

A Young Carer is someone under 18, who regularly helps to look after a family or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

What might a Young Carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
  • Physical care, such as helping someone to bed
  • Emotional support
  • Personal care, such as helping someone to dress
  • Managing family budget and colleting prescriptions
  • Helping to give someone their medicine
  • Helping someone communicate
  • Looking after brothers and sisters

Young Carers are not easy to recognise. Perhaps they don’t even know that they are a carer.  For example:

  • They do not realise that they are a carer or that their life is different to their peers
  • Their parents do not realise that their children are carers
  • They worry that the family will be split up and taken into care
  • They don’t want to be any different from their peers
  • Their parent’s condition is not obvious so people don’t think that they need help
  • There has not been an opportunity to share their story
  • They don’t believe that any action will be taken if they tell their story


How can Medway Youth Trust help?

Young carers often go unnoticed in their communities, but the negative impacts of caring on young people can be very real and enduring. If left unsupported young carers may take on responsibilities that will have a lasting effect on their health and wellbeing, friendships and life opportunities.

We want to ensure that all Young Carers feel that they have someone to go to and who understands them.

This can be through:

  • One to one sessions
  • Group sessions in schools or in the community
  • Support for families in accessing other support and advice 

Anyone can make a referral for support – individuals, parents/carers, family members, professionals etc. All referrals will be considered and contact will be made by the Young Carer Advisers appropriately.

Please click this link to view the application form.


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