Young Carers

Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.

In 2001 there were an estimated 175,000 young carers in the UK, with around a third caring for a person with a mental illness. It is likely the actual number is higher and research has suggested that around a third of young carers are involved in inappropriate and excessive caring with consequent knock-on effects on schooling and other key areas of their lives.

Devon Young Carers has been established by four charities:

  • TTVS
  • Young Devon
  • Westbank
  • Unite

to address the needs of young people providing care and support to other family members, usually a parent or a sibling. Young carers are put in a position of great responsibility at a very young age; dealing with situations that many adults would find a challenge. These children and young people have to cope in difficult circumstances, often not only looking after their relative but also helping to bring up siblings and run a household.

Devon Young Carers provides a consistent and high-quality approach to the way young carers are supported across Devon.

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A Health and Wellbeing activity day specifically for Young Carers in Devon is taking place on Saturday 26 March between 10am and 4pm at the Young Devon Change Academy in Newton Abbot.

Young Carers between the ages of 11 and 18 will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and find out information about healthy eating, fun ways to keep fit, dealing with bullying, accessing funding for leisure activities and much more! .To book a place contact Sarah Hames on 01822 612555 /

Devon Cares

We do. If you're caring for somebody - a partner, a parent, a relative, even a close friend - you are a carer. Click the banner above to find out about the practical ways we can help.

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