Young Adult Carers

Am I a young adult carer?

Young Adult Carers are young people aged 16-25 who provide care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or a substance misuse issue.

It may be that you did not see yourself as a carer, helping your loved one is “just something you do”. Being a carer can be so rewarding, being able to help your family can feel amazing, you may also have learnt lots of skills through caring.

However caring can also come with additional pressures; trying to juggle caring with coursework, or having to stay in to care for your relative whilst trying to keep up with your social life. We recognise that as a carer you are doing amazing things, but sometimes need some extra guidance or advise, someone to listen to you or a break from your caring role.

At Blackpool Carers Centre we are here to support you!

What do Young Carers' Family Support Workers do?

We have a dedicated team who work specifically with young carers, they are called Young Carers’ Family Support Workers. They help young carers in a variety of ways including:

  • Giving advice and support if you have any problems such as personal or health problems or bullying that you want to talk about in confidence.
  • Organising free events and activities so you can get out and enjoy yourself and also meet other young carers who may be going through a similar experience toyou.
  • If you have problems with school, then we can talk to your school to help them understand your situation and become more flexible with school work and homework.
  • Help you with any problems you may have with social services or health authorities.
  • Give you information about the condition of the person you care for, what their medication does to them and details of other organisations who can help and support you.
  • If you have any special hobbies or interests we can try and arrange for you to continue with these.
  • Organise young carers’ help groups which may help with feelings of low self esteem, anxiety or lack of confidence.

How you can get help from this service?

If you, or someone you know think you may be a young carer and would like to talk to someone in confidence, call us on 01253 393748 or fill out the Contact Us Form on this website and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

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