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 have a friendly and supportive network of young carers, who meet up, socialise and find out more about what’s available to young adults.
- can connect with colleges, universities and workplaces, speaking on behalf of our young adult carers
- help you understand the funding and services that are available to families
- arrange meet ups and trips so our YACs can get to know other people in similar situations
All our support and events are free but you do need to register with us (also free!).
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!
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:
- caring for someone with mental health issues
- caring for someone with autism
- caring for someone with substance/alcohol problems
- caring for someone with dementia
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
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]