Young Carers

Who are Young Carers?

Children and young people under 18 who help care for someone who is ill, has a disability, a mental health problem or a drug or alcohol problem.

What do Young Carers Do?

Look after brothers or sisters, mum or dad, shopping, cooking, housework or cheering up the person they care for.

“Young Carers help their Mum or Dad or Family.”  [Young Carer, aged 11]

“I help doing the washing, washing up, sometimes I cook dinner and on the weekends I hoover.  I do it because I like helping Mummy because she can’t do it all without me.”  [Young Carer]

What do Young Carers need?

Young Carers baking valentines cookies at club

Young Carers baking valentines cookies at club

Someone to talk to
Further education
Someone to listen to them

Time to be and feel ill
Not to feel alone

If you are a Young Carer we can

  • Visit you at home
  • Talk to your teacher
  • Take you on trips
  • Send you a newsletter
  • Meet other young carers at our clubs

What does support from Herefordshire Carers Support mean to Young Carers?

“Young Carers mean a lot to us because it can mean that we can get a rest from looking after family.  It can give you time off and be with people that are like you.”  [Young Carer, aged 14]

For more information download our Young Carers Charter and get in touch with one of our young carer workers. You can do this by phone on: 01432 356068 or by e-mailing us:

Visit our Young Carers website here and our Young Adult Carers website here – We are always looking for you to let us know what you think, so do get in touch.

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