What is a Young Carer?
- A Young Carer is a young person who cares for or gives support to someone at home.
- A Young Carer may look after someone who is unwell, disabled or has a mental health problem.
- A Young Carer often looks after their mum, dad, sister, brother, grandparent or a family friend.
- A Young Carer may also care for and support a member of the family affected by drug or alcohol misuse.
- A Young Carer may help with washing, dressing, shopping, cooking, dealing with money and bills, cleaning, giving medicine, or they could just be a shoulder to cry on.
Being a Young Carer can be very difficult at times, often making it difficult to have friends, keep up with school work or do activities outside of the home, because of the time you put into looking after the person you care for. It is important that you get as much help and support as possible.
Each area of Devon has a young carers' worker who can help offer you advice, support and opportunities to have a break from caring and do some fun things.You can contact the Devon Virtual Carers Centre for more information:
08456 434 435
8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
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