Young carers are children who look after someone in their family. This may be a parent, brother, sister or other family member who has a illness, physical or learning disability, a mental health problem or misuse of drugs or alcohol. A young carer usually takes on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally by expected of an adult.

Young carers help the person they care for with a variety of different tasks, such as:

  • Getting up and washing
  • Taking medication
  • Housework
  • Lifting
  • Shopping
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Cheering them up and keeping them company
  • Helping fill in forms
  • Reminding them to do things
  • Making sure they are safe

How can Swindon Carers Centre help?

A Young Carer Support Practitioner will arrange to visit the young carer and their family to discuss their caring responsibilities, what is happening in the home and how we can help to support.

We also look to see if other services could be of help to support the young carer and their family.

We offer young carer groups and activities during term-time and holidays to provide young carers time out from their caring role.

Young Carer referrals can be made using this Referral Form.

When we receive a Young Carer referral, our Young Carer Support team will contact the family to arrange a home or school visit to meet the young carer and their family. They will discuss their caring role and complete an assessment to see what services can offer them support.