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How do I know if I am a carer? - Young Carers

How Do I Know Young Carers Panel

A young carer is someone aged 18 and under who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

What could a young carer do?

  • Help with the cooking, housekeeping, and shopping are examples of practical tasks
  • Help someone get in or out of bed. 
  • Provide emotional support, such as talking to someone who is upset
  • Provide personal care, such as helping someone get dressed
  • Keep track of the family finances and collect medicines
  • Help to give medicine
  • Help someone to communicate
  • Help look after a brother or sister

Being a young carer is not easy

  • Young carers will probably spend less time in school receiving their education as they might need to look after someone during the day
  • Caring can also be an isolating experience, but having the right support in place can give young carers a better chance of succeeding in all parts of their live

Remember - if you are struggling you are not alone. There is no shame in asking for help. Everyone needs a little bit of extra support at some point in their lives.

Young Carers Assessment

If you would like to request a Young Carer Assessment or Transition Assessment then please email with 'Young Carers Assessment Request' in the subject field. Alternatively, you can call 07899950155 for an informal chat.

A trained person from Plymouth City Council or an organisation we work with will chat to you and your parents about whether you want to carry on being a carer and how caring affects things like:

  • your life and wellbeing
  • your education, training or work
  • activities you take part in or want to take part in
  • your physical, mental and emotional health

If you're eligible for help we'll agree with you what support you need and how your needs will be met.

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