Are you a young carer? Not sure?
A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who looks after or helps to look after someone. It might be your mum or dad, grandparent, brother or sister or a close relative. This often means doing things like cooking, cleaning, shopping, giving medication or just talking and helping when the person you care about is feeling sad. Looking after someone takes up a lot of time and it can sometimes be very difficult to cope with everything. School, friends and doing the stuff you enjoy can sometimes be hard to fit in.
Help and support
If you think you might be a young carer ask your mum or dad, or a relative you can trust to talk to a teacher at school or your doctor. Or if you prefer you could talk to your teacher and let them know you look after someone.
The teacher or doctor will then need to contact Wiltshire Council and let them know. Their Families and Children’s Team can help you and your family get the help they need. They are very nice people and are there to help. This help might also include breaks and activities during the school holiday’s which is where we come in.
Young people and parents can also now self-refer to Wiltshire Council for an assessment using the Integrated Front Door on 0300 4560108 or MASH@wiltshire.gov.uk
If all that sounds a bit scary and you’re not sure you can give us a call on 0800 181 4118 and we can talk you through everything.
Our Info Zone has lots of stuff and information that might help.
Know your Rights: Support for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers in England. This free guide explains what your rights are. It also tells you what should happen when you talk to the council about being a young carer or young adult carer. You can find it here.
The Children’s Society website is also full of information that might help too.