Young Carers

Are you a Young Carer?

Do you worry about someone in your family due to one or more of the following?

  • Disability
  • Long term illness
  • Mental health
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Gambling

Do you worry about leaving a family member alone, or what might happen if you can’t look after them?

Do you take on responsibilities at home and miss out on doing things after school and on the weekends because you need to look after a family member?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be a Young Carer and can get support to help you.

Support in Schools

Speak to a teacher if you think you may be a young carer. They can give you additional support and understanding. Some schools have lunchtime drop in sessions for young carers.

Schools in York can contact York Carers Centre to discuss better identification and support of pupils who are young carers. 

York Carers Centre 

Young Carers services at York Carers Centre provide a youth club, trips, and one to one support for young carers 

Young Carers Cards

York Carers Centre can provide cards to help you.

Young Carers Card allows you to let teachers know that you might need additional support and understanding as a result of your caring role.

Carers Discount Card can be used  for discounts at a range of shops and cafes in York.

Carers Emergency Card if you support someone who is over the age of 18 and you are worried about what will happen to the person you care for if something happens to you such as illness or another emergency.

Young Carers Revolution 

Young Carers Revolution is a movement of change for young carers in York, providing a voice for young carers to make a positive difference to issues faced by young carers.

The Children’s Society 

The Children's Society provides information and support for young carers.

Carers Trust

The Carers Trust provides a tool for accessing young carers support and links to useful information.