If you’re under 25, and looking after someone in your family, this page is for you. We’ll help you work out if you belong to a group of people called young carers.
What you do
Do you spend time doing any of these things for someone in your family:
- taking them to medical appointments, or the hospital?
- helping them to take their medication?
- helping them to wash themselves, or with personal care?
- doing the shopping or cooking?
You may do a lot of these things most of the time. Or you may only do one or two of these things occasionally.
Who you help
The person you help might be:
- your parent
- your brother or sister
- your grandparent
- any other family member.
You may have other people in your family helping out as well, or you may be doing it all on your own.
You may be a young carer
If you can say ‘Yes’ to any of these things, you may be a young carer. Being a young carer means there are other people facing the same kind of situation. People who are going through the same things.
There’s also support out there to make life a little easier, or just give you a place to relax.