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 have a dedicated team offering support with things like education and employment decisions, as well as balancing your life with your caring role.

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.

How we help young adult carers

Video produced by our YACs Taz Beattie and Helena Traill

We run a very friendly and supportive network who meet up, socialise and find out more about what’s available to young adults.

We also…

  • connect with colleges, universities and work places speaking on behalf of our young adult carers
  • help you understand the funding and services that are available to families
  • arrange regular free meet ups, meals and trips out so our YACs can get to know other people who are in a similar situation

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

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.

Get in touch

For a general enquiry for the Young Adult Carer team, please text on 07723 486730 or email [email protected] 

To get in touch with the YAC team in your area, please email them:

Tamzin Ede
covers Guildford and Waverley
[email protected]


Mel B

Mel Buxton
covers Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, and Tandridge
[email protected]


Ami Makhecha
covers Surrey Heath, Woking, Runnymede, Epsom & Ewell, Elmbridge and Spelthorne
[email protected]


Moving to Adult Service

Are you 23, nearing 24? We will soon you transfer you from the Young Adult Service to our Adult Service. We’d love to hear your views on this. We’ve a three-question speedy survey for you, here. Thank you!

Moving to Adult Service Survey

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?

The 18-24 team offers free specialist support to young adult carers across Surrey. Text us on 07723 486730 and we'll come back to you as soon as we can!

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