Young adult carers <br>(18-24)

Young adult carers

At Action for Carers Surrey we understand how difficult life can be for young adult carers. We provide tailored information about things like education and employment decisions, as well as balancing your life with your caring role. We also hold some special events just for 18-24s.

What is a young adult carer?

The ‘official’ definition of a young adult carer is someone aged between 18-24 who cares, unpaid, for someone who may be chronically ill, disabled, have a mental health condition or an addiction.

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How we help young adult carers

Video produced by our YACs Taz Beattie and Helena Traill

We support many young carers aged between 18 and 24. We provide specialist information (see ‘What you need to know’ below), and our Helpline can give targeted advice.

We also run some special events aimed at this age group (see our Events listings).

All our support and events are free but you do need to register with us (also free!)

Thank you so much for all your help over the years! I have found my confidence and I have found lifelong friends! X.

Young adult carer, Surrey

What you need to know

In our ‘What you need to know‘ section, you’ll find a treasure trove of information about well, all the things you need to know!

Packed with advice, information and contributions from other young adult carers, it covers topics including Housing, Returning to Learning, Higher Education, Working and Caring, Apprenticeships, and Health. Take a look!

What you need to know

Different caring situations

Everyone’s caring situation is different. You may be part of a community which means caring can bring additional challenges. You might look after a parent, brother, sister, partner or grandparent. Young adults often care for more than one person in the family, in different ways.

Some of the more common situations are:

Take a look at the pages above to find out about our particular support and information for carers looking after someone with these conditions.

I’ve done things I would never have been able to do. I’m more independent and confident.

Young Adult Carer, Surrey

Sharing your experiences

Partner charity Healthwatch Surrey would love to hear from more young adult carers. Their ‘Giving Carers a Voice’ team is especially interested to hear about services you’ve used, and how you found them, and services you’d like.

They are looking to set up small groups (with pizza involved!) to chat about your view. More here.

Interested in sharing your views?

Get in touch

To find out more about our support for you as a young adult carer, please get in touch.

Call us on 0303 040 1234, text (only) 07723 486730 or email [email protected]

More help for young adult carers

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Surrey Young Carers

Not quite 18? Find out more about Surrey Young Carers and how we can support you.

Can we help you?

Young Adult Carers have particular needs and challenges. We can offer you free information and support. Just get in touch and we'll come back to you as soon as we can!

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