A young carer is someone under 18 who looks after a parent or another family member who has a physical or mental health condition. This could mean helping with things like personal care, doing housework, cooking, or helping take care of siblings. Being a Young Carer comes with extra duties and responsibilities and can feel overwhelming and isolating.
If you are a Young Carer, there are many organisations and schemes who can offer support and put you in touch with local groups and other Young Carers:
Action for Children helps Young Carers come to terms with their parent’s or other family member’s illness or condition and teaches them how to cope, guiding them to build positive relationships outside the family.
Bridgend Carers Centre works with Young Carers and Young Adult Carers to provide emotional and practical support to allow youngsters to manage their caring role alongside their education. The centre works with schools to support young carers from age five upwards to identify those with caring responsibilities and to help set up support networks.
There’s a monthly teen club at Bridgend Carers Centre for ages 13 – 18 offering training and skills workshops, fun activities and days out. A club for Young Adult Carers aged 16 – 25 year olds also runs monthly to offer carers a break from their caring role and to meet others in a similar situation.
For more information, contact Rhian Watts on 01656 658479 or email Rhian.firstname.lastname@example.org