Are you looking after someone else?


Are you a young carer?

A young carer is someone who provides, or intends to provide, care for a family member who might have a disability, illness, mental health condition, or alcohol or drug problem.

The care might include physical jobs in and around the home, such as cleaning, cooking, helping someone dress, or supporting them to move about. It can include emotional support too.

Some people start giving care at a very young age and don’t realise they are carers. Other young people might become carers overnight due to a sudden illness or accident.

Your choices

It’s understandable that if someone in your family needs care, then you may really want to help them. BUT as a young carer you shouldn’t be expected to do the same things as adult carers. It’s also important to decide whether you’re the right person to offer the care that’s needed.

Young carers assessment

With yours and your parents’ consent, a social worker from your local council must visit to carry out a young carer’s assessment.

This assessment is completed by asking questions and making observations. The assessor will ask about your caring role, how often you provide care, what type of care you might provide and how it affects you. The social worker must also look at your education, training, leisure opportunities and view about your future. As part of the assessment, the social worker must also ask about your wishes and involve you, your parents, and anyone else you or your parents want to be involved.

Everyone should receive a written record of the assessment. It will include whether the council thinks you need support, whether they have a service that can support you and also whether they will give it to you. It should also explain what you can do if you or your parents disagree with the assessment.


17 and under - young carer

Information for young carers and how to get support if you need it:

YMCA Swansea

A holistic approach to family support. Young carers aged 8 to 18 years can refer themselves or through their school, another organisation or parent. Each family is assessed and an action plan created to support the needs of the young carer and the family.

Current support available includes video/audio one-to-one sessions, online group sessions, online group arts and craft sessions and baking/cooking, plus issue-based workshops.Contact Egija Cinovska for info and a referral form: egija@ymcaswansea.org.uk

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Neath Port Talbot Young Carers Service

The Neath Port Talbot Young Carers Services offers support to children and young people up to the age of 25, who have a caring role at home. This could be because of illness, disability, mental health or drug and alcohol misuse.

The project provides a tailored package of support that can include one to work youth work support, group work, information and advice, help to access other services, plus recreational opportunities that are just about having fun.

For further info on accessing the Young Carer’s Service, contact NPT Youth Service Families First Team:

Call: 01639 763030 / Email: youth.service@npt.gov.uk

 

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16 to 25 - young adult carer

Young adult carers are carers aged between 16 and 25 years. Their caring role is very much the same as a young carer, however, they may also be juggling their caring responsibilities with:

  • demands of further or higher education
  • looking for work or navigating the benefits system
  • starting their working lives
  • a serious emotional relationship
  • thinking about leaving home.

Swansea Carers Centre - Young Adult Carers

The Young Adult Carers project offers:

  • one-to-one holistic and tailored support (face-to-face and via Facebook)
  • twice a month informal youth club
  • trips, activities and opportunities.

The project gives young adult carers the chance to meet with others in a similar situation, plus opportunities to learn new things. Most importantly, it provides a well-deserved break from their caring role.

Visit Swansea Carers Centre
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Neath Port Talbot Young Carers Service

The Neath Port Talbot Young Carers Services offers support to children and young people up to the age of 25, who have a caring role at home. This could be because of illness, disability, mental health or drug & alcohol misuse.

The project provides a tailored package of support that can include one to work youth work support, group work, information and advice, help to access other services, plus recreational opportunities that are just about having fun.

Youth Service:

Call: 01639 763030 / Email: youth.service@npt.gov.uk


Useful links

Sibs

Sibling Carers

Sibs is a UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people. Siblings have a lifelong need of information, often experience social and emotional isolation, and have to cope with difficult situations.

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