Young carers

The young carers service supports young people aged between 5 and 18 who are helping to look after someone at home.

You might be helping look after a brother or sister, parent or grandparent with an illness, disability, mental health problem or a problem with alcohol or drugs.

What does the young carers service offer?

Youth clubs

Our youth clubs are just for young carers. We have three separate groups which are split by age so that young carers can be with others the same age . We play games, make things, bake things, sit around, have snacks and just have some fun.

Trips

We have lots of trips and events for young carers to join in with. They are usually in the school holidays but can sometimes be on evenings or weekends. The trips are a chance for young carers to have a break from caring, meet some other new young carers and to try out new things and places.

Please contact us for information about young carer events.

One to one support

We offer one to one  support to those young carers who are going through an especially tough time with their caring role. It’s a chance to talk through any problems you have and find ways of making things better.

School

We hold lunch time drop in sessions at some York schools. It’s a chance to catch up with our support workers and the other young carers at your school. We also offer a Young Carer Card for you to carry at school, so that you can show it to your teacher to help you explain if you need extra support or understanding.

If you work at a York school and would like to hold a drop in at your school, or work with us to plan support for young carers, please get in touch.

Discount card

When you register with us as a young carer you will get a discount card to use at a range of shops and cafes in York.

Carers emergency card

If you support someone who is over 18 you may also be able to get a Carers Emergency Card.