Young carers are people under 18 who look after somebody in their family who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

Young carers might do extra jobs at home, including:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Housework
  • Helping the person they care for to wash or dress
  • Helping to give medication
  • Stay with the person they look after and keeping them company when they’re feeling down

Being a young carer can have a big impact on a young person’s health, social life and education. Many young carers struggle to juggle their school work and caring which can cause them lots of stress. Young carers often have less free time compared to other children to take part in social activities.

Carers Trust have produced a useful poster which gives more information about Young Carers: Who are they? What do they do? 

Top Tips for Supporting Young Carers in Education During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many challenges and lots of uncertainty for people, and this is especially true for young people. Young carers in particular have been a vulnerable group during lockdown, and many of them are disadvantaged by home learning due to family illness or disability, and additional pressures at home.

We’re calling on education staff n particular to help us to make a big difference to young carers in education. Written by and for young carers ,Top Tips for Supporting Young Carers in Education During Covid-19 provides information, help and support for schools (education providers) to start the conversation with young people in their school about caring, and therefore help identify and support children who are looking after someone.

How do we support young carers?

We provide individual and group support for young carers, as well as advice for their family.

This is Charlie. Do you look after someone like Charlie does?… our postcard for young carers.

If you are a young carer, there are lots of ways you can get in touch with us…

You can email us at [email protected]

You can like us on Facebook/NewcastleCarers

You can follow us on Twitter @NCLCarers

You can text us on 07874 100043

You can phone us on 0191 275 5060, Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm (we are closed on bank holidays)

Make a referral to us…

If you are a professional working with a young carer and you would like to make a referral for a Young Carers Assessment, please download our referral form from the Related Documents.

For guidance about making a referral for a Young Carers Assessment please click here.