Support for young carers

If you are aged between 7 and 25 years and help to look after a parent, guardian or sibling within your home who is ill or has a disability then you are a young carer. You are also a young carer if you're caring for someone who has issues with drugs or alcohol or has a mental health difficulty.

Did you know that Care Act 2014 gives you the same rights to support as the people you care for? 

For more information about being a carer and what your rights are, take an online course:

Young Carer Aware Online Course (opens in new window)

Please note: The online course requires Adobe Flash (opens in new window) to be installed on your computer.

What support is available?

The Worcestershire Young Carers team, within YSS, provides much needed support, understanding and assistance to raise young carers' self-esteem and confidence. The team also provides the time and space to have fun and mix with other carers who understand what you do every day of your lives.

Contact YSS (opens in new window) for more information or you can make a self-referral directly via their hub Worcestershire Young Carers self referral hublink.

If you are 18 years or older, you can also get support from the Worcestershire Association of Carers (opens in new window).

If you know someone who might be a young carer, contact YSS (opens in new window) for more information and to find out how to refer them for some support.

Useful links

GOV.UK - Care Act Factsheets (opens in new window)