Who are Young Carers?

Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or has a problem with drugs or alcohol.

Young carers may look after parents, care for a brother or sister, or other relative. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Make a Referral.

Referrals are received from a wide range of individuals and professionals. They are followed up with a home visit to assess the level of care being provided. Support is targeted so that the young carers with high caring responsibilities receive the highest level of support.


Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers

A significant number of young people in Herefordshire look after a member of their family or a friend with a disability or long term illness. While this can be very rewarding it can also impact on their own lives and development. If you are one of them you will know how much time you spend caring and coping on your own. You may not be aware that you are not the only young carer around or that support exists to help you. Herefordshire Young Carers supports children aged between 8 and 16 by offering someone to talk to, clubs, trips and outings where you can have a break from your caring responsibilities and meet others in similar situations. Herefordshire YAC (Young Adult Carers) supports the 16 to 25 age group, and can help in a wide variety of ways. These include signposting to other relevant agencies, help and support with college/university, training and employment, housing and other benefits, access to counselling, as well as meeting others socially in a similar situation.



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