• What kind of things do Young Carers do?

    Young carers carry out, often on a regular basis, significant or substantial
    caring tasks and take on a level of responsibility which would usually be taken
    on by an adult. The help they give can be shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry
    and managing the family budget. Or they may provide nursing care, such as giving
    medication or helping someone move around the house. Or maybe they give their
    time to sit with someone for company and listen to their problems.

  • Are young carers paid? What does it cost?

    Money isn't far from most people's minds when they first become a carer - and that's only natural. If you - or, indeed, the person you're caring for - has had to give up work because of the change in circumstances, then the day-to-day realities of life mean you need some money; for existing bills and future costs.

    A good starting point is to thoroughly examine your income and your expenditure, and build a realistic picture of where you stand. We know this can often be daunting (if not distressing) but, when applying for the majority of the benefits and entitlements listed in this section, you will be asked for variety of financial information to determine how much money is awarded to you.

    If you need help with this financial planning, your local Citizen's Advice Bureau may be able to help.

  • I'm scared my family will split up if anyone finds out how much I do at home. What should I do?

    It's really important for you to talk to someone you trust about what you do. A lot of families worry about this but services are there to try to help keep families together and improve things. If you are doing a lot of things to help your mum or dad, especially any personal care, Health and Social Care (Adult Social Services) might be able to help your family with various services. They will only do this if your mum or dad agrees to it.

  • Who can I talk to?

    Some problems won't go away on their own. But they can feel a lot better when you talk to someone about them. You might want to talk to friends, parents, or even a pet! Talking to a professional like a Teacher, Doctor or Social Worker can be best if you want someone to help you with something.

    If you are finding it hard to find the right moment to bring something up with someone, try writing it in a diary, a poem, or a letter first (you don't have to actually give them the letter if you don't want to!). You could practise what you want to say with ChildLine