A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps to look after or support a member of their family due to physical or learning disability, mental illness, physical illness, drug or alcohol problems, chronic or terminal illness.
The person the young carer looks after might be their mum, dad, brother, sister, grandparent or any other person close to their family. They may look after the person all by themselves or they may help someone else. Many young people don’t even realise that they are a young carer.
Young carers may cook, clean, do shopping, look after brothers and sisters, give medication, help with washing and bathing, or even just keep someone company. Every young carer’s situation is different – it is not necessarily the amount of care undertaken, but the impact that it has on a young person’s life.
Sometimes, a young carer may experience difficulties as a result of their caring situation. They may find it difficult to find time to do things that other people their age do, like homework, go out with friends, or enjoy themselves.
If you are a young carer, or think you know someone else who is, who could benefit from our support, please contact us using the contact us page. We can then discuss the next steps with you as well as providing you with all the information you need.
A Carers Week Video from Gillian
Thursday 11th June 2020
Carers' Week 2020 - a video from Gillian Condy, Young Carers' Service Co-ordinator at Angus Carers Centre
This year the theme for Carers Week 2020 is making carers visible.Young Carers from PKAVS, Dundee Carers Centre and Angus Young Carers have came together virtually to highlight young people in an unpaid caring role. Thank you so much for all who got involved and provided videos.
To see Gillian's video, follow this link or click on the image below.