Who are young carers?
Young carers are first and foremost young people, with all the issues, hopes, dreams, problems, and stresses that all young people have. But young carers are young people who happen to have caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability or addiction. This could be a physical disability, a mental health illness or an addiction to drink or drugs.
Young Carers may include:
- An 8-year-old child helping their mum with household chores because she has Multiple Sclerosis (MS);
- A 12-year-old child helping their elder brother who is autistic;
- A 15-year-old child looking after their younger siblings because their father is an alcoholic.
The caring responsibilities may be:
- Personal care - e.g. washing, toileting
- Support in the home - e.g. cooking, cleaning, washing
- Responsibilities - e.g. ensuring medication is taken
- Emotional care - e.g. making sure someone is okay, cheering someone up
How can I refer someone to Andover Young Carers:
Referrals can be made by professionals such as social workers, teachers, and health workers, or by parents or young carers themselves. Click on the links below for both the Schools and Family referral forms.
You can also call or email us for a referral pack or
Email: [email protected]ndoveryoungcarers.co.uk
Telephone: 01264 333788