A 'young carer' is any child or young person who is looking after somebody who has a long term illness, a physical disability or a mental health problem. If you're a 'young carer' you'll probably spend a lot of time doing things for other people, usually in your family, who cannot do those things for themselves. Examples of the things young carers do include helping someone to eat or bath, giving someone their medicine or keeping an eye on someone if they drink too much alcohol or take dangerous drugs. Some young carers may be helping people who behave oddly at times or have mood swings. .
Sometimes 'young carers' miss out on important things like school, sports, hobbies and socialising because they’re so busy helping out or they are worried about the person they look after.
It is important that young carers and the peoople that they look after get the help and advice that they need.
Young Carers MK is a specialist service to support young carers living in Milton Keynes. Young Carers MK can help to make sure the person that is being looked after gets the help they need from the council, it also can help the young carer by offering support and activities including:
- a chance to talk to someone about your situation
- youth clubs, trips out and social events
Last Updated: 4 December 2017