Young carers

Young carers

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Young carers are:

  • 5-18 years old
  • Caring for a family member with a physical or mental illness, disability, drug or alcohol addiction.

The person cared for may be a parent, sibling or other relative living in the same household.

Young carers are not:

  • Paid workers in residential homes
  • Childminders for siblings where there is no illness, disability or substance misuse in the family

Young Carers Bucks can offer:

  • Regular meetings and outings for three age groups
  • Two family events a year
  • One to one support when needed or wanted
  • Someone to talk to who understands
  • Quarterly newsletter written and edited by young carers
  • Access to Carers Grant money for individual breaks
  • Forum groups for older young carers who volunteer

What young carers say about the support they have received:

  • Gave me back my confidence
  • It's fun
  • I can speak to a support worker if I need some help, advice or just someone to talk to
  • Meet new friends and have a laugh
  • Everyone is friendly and I like going on outings
  • It has given me the opportunity to meet people in a similar position to me. I have lots of new friends and taken part in lots of different activities.