Young Carers

Young Carers

If you're a young carer or young adult carer and you live in Derbyshire you can browse the pages in this section to find out what help and support is available to you in.

Not sure if you're a young carer or young adult carer? Read on below to see if it sounds like you!

Who is a young carer?

You're a young carer if you're aged 18 or under and help to look after a family member who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers help look after one of their parents, care for a brother or sister or a grandparent.

The support you may give as a young carer could be:

  • practical help such as shopping, housework, cooking or looking after a brother or sister
  • personal care such helping someone  to have a bath or go to the toilet
  • offering emotional support to someone who is depressed.

Most young carers will be doing a mixture of these things. If this sounds like you then maybe you are a carer?  It may be something you do without thinking about it and it’s just ‘what you do’.

The average age of a young carer is 12, but young carers can be anyone under 18 who provides regular unpaid care. 

Young adult carers - 18 to 25 years

If you're between 18 and 25 you're classed as a 'young adult carer'. You can use services for adult carers but you can also get support from Derbyshire Carers Young Adult Carers Support service.  It's up to you. The Young Adult Carer Support service supports those aged 16-25 with a particular focus on helping you with your education (school, college or uni), training or getting a job. 

This information was last updated on 03/11/2017