Are you a young carer?
Caring for someone who is ill, disabled or has a drug or alcohol problem (for example a parent or someone else in your family) can be difficult, lonely, rewarding or exhausting.
York Carers Centre has a Young Adult Carers Service (for 18–25 year olds). They can give you practical help and advice plus emotional support; they also run a support group and can help you get support for the person you are caring for. They offer regular social events such as cinema trips, bowling and outdoor activities, and can offer one to one support for example to look at college courses or getting into work. There is also a Young Carer’s Service for 8–18 year olds.
The Carers Trust has online services including ‘Babble’ for young carers 18 and under, and ‘Matter’ for young adult carers 16–25. Both offer forums, discussion boards and email support.
York Mind can give support to people caring for someone with a mental health problem or illness.
If you are a carer, you have the right to a Carer’s Assessment.