Young carers are children or young people under the age of 18 who provide regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
Young carers look after a family member such as a parent, sibling or other relative. They provide physical care, emotional support, carry out domestic tasks like cooking and cleaning or provide child care. They may also do things like pay the household bills. Young carers lives are often structured around the needs of others we hope to show them that they too matter.
Half of all young carers provide up to 10 hours of care a week, while many others are caring for more than 50 hours a week. Young carers often struggle to fit in other activities like school work, playing sport or meeting up with friends.