Are you under 25 and caring for a family member?
Young Carers are young people under 18 who provide care for another person. This ‘care’ can include practical or emotional support. ‘Another person’ can be anyone within the same family, whether they are an adult or child.
Things carers help with
- Housework and doing tasks like shopping and cooking
- Helping your parent get washed and dressed or helping them go to the bathroom
- Looking after your brothers and sisters because your parent is unable to
- Giving your parent emotional support and staying close to them, rather than going out with friends
You might feel as if you’re the only young person that this happens to, you are not. There are lots of other young carers in the UK, and there are groups that can help you.
Bournemouth Young Carers Project is run by Bournemouth Youth Service. You can contact them on their page www.b-townyouth.co.uk/bournemouth-young-carers to request a young carers assessment.
You can look in our directory for groups and services offering advice and help to people who are carers.
Our short breaks scheme is a great way for you to take some time out just for yourself. You can join in with fun activities and meet new people.