Who is a Young Adult Carer?

If you are aged 18-25 and you are helping to look after someone who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol, who could not manage without your support, you are a young adult carer.

You might be looking after someone close to you who needs help and support on a regular basis. Anyone can be a carer, at any time of their life. 

At Newcastle Carers we know how hard it can be to look after someone, and we’re here to help with information, advice and support when you need it.

What is the difference between a carer or care worker?


A ‘carer’ is someone who provides unpaid care and support to someone such as a family member, friend or neighbour.  

A ‘care worker’ is someone who is employed and paid to care for someone who is ill, disabled or has a certain health condition.   

Why do carers need support?

Although caring can be a positive and rewarding experience, we understand it can also be stressful and challenging.  There are approximately 7 million unpaid carers in the UK. 1 in 12 young adults in Newcastle have a caring role and often struggle with no support.  If you are a carer we want you to know that we are here to support you.

Access to information, emotional support, advocacy, financial support and opportunities to take a break can help manage the impact of caring.
If you are caring for someone and would like to know more about how we can provide you with information, advice and support, please talk to us.

Students with a caring role

Young adult carers who are living in Newcastle as students and still provide care to a family member, or friend who lives in another area (outside of Newcastle) can still access support through Newcastle Carers whilst they are living in Newcastle.  

If you are student living in Newcastle and caring for someone living in another area, talk to us.