Who are young carers?

Young carers are children or young adults up to the age of 18, who help care for another person.

This may be someone in their family, i.e. a parent, grandparent, sibling or other relative, who needs looking after because they have a physical disability, a mental health condition, a learning disability, a drug or alcohol related illness, a sensory impairment or any long-term illness or condition.

Some of the roles undertaken by young carers may include:

  • Helping the person they care for get dressed or washed
  • Helping with housework, cooking or shopping
  • Helping a family member with their medication
  • Providing emotional support
  • Helping a sibling with a disability.

If you’d like to read more about what the role of a young carer may involve, please take a look at the helpful information available from the Carers Trust.

The Effects of Caring

Young carers can be from any background. Its not always easy and often taking on these extra responsibilities can affect their friendships and relationships, learning and development, health and wellbeing or future career choices.

Some of the difficulties they may face are:

  • Worrying about the person they care for
  • Increased levels of stress or anxiety
  • Feeling alone and different from everyone else
  • Feeling that there is no one to talk to who understands
  • Lack of time and opportunity to take part in social activities and have a break
  • Difficulties with school or college and keeping up with homework or coursework
  • Young adult carers may also struggle with financial difficulties or finding employment.

How can we help?

Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. If you think of yourself as a carer, you should not have to do so much caring that it makes you upset, unwell or miss school or further education.

It is important to know that there is help and support available to you. Following a Carers Assessment, the Dudley Young Carers (DYC) team can provide –

Youth Clubs

Our youth clubs for young carers are an opportunity to take a break from your caring role, play games, take part in activities and make new friends, as well as getting support and advice from our team.

When – Twice a month

Time – 6pm – 8pm

Where – Stourbridge & Dudley

Please call 01384 886 429 or send an email to info@crossroads-caringforcarers.org for more details and to find out when and where the next session is.

Youth Stop

DYC regularly holds drop-in sessions at Youth Stop, Merry Hill. The Youth Stop offers mental health support, counselling, mentoring and support to young people in the region.
We will be there for young carers and parents to stop by for free confidential support, information, sign-posting to other agencies and support with the cost-of-living crisis, education and employment.

Where – Merry Hill, Brierley Hill. Located directly opposite bus stop B.

Please call 01384 886 429, send an email to info@crossroads-caringforcarers.org or keep a  look out on DYC’s Facebook page to find out when our next session at Youth Stop is.

Contact Us

If you would like more information, or to speak to someone about how we could support you, please –

Call – 01384 886 429

Email info@crossroads-caringforcarers.org

Complete our online referral form and someone will call you back.

Visit our Facebook page.