Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
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Are you under 18 and looking after someone in your family who is ill or disabled? This may be a parent, a brother or sister or a grandparent. Maybe you help by staying at home a lot to be there for them, helping them get washed or dressed, perhaps translating and interpreting for them, or doing lots of cleaning, shopping and cooking.
If this sounds like you, then you are a young carer. It may seem a strange way to describe yourself, because looking after someone in your family may feel like a natural role. But being a carer means you have a right to help and support to make life easier.
It can be stressful as well as hard work looking after someone, even when you love them. And it can make it harder to keep up with things at school or to find time for yourself to relax, have fun or see your friends.
As a young carer you are entitled to get help and support from your council. The council will not be looking to stop from you from supporting the person you look after, nor to separate you from that person. They will ask you what sort of support you would like to make your life and your caring role easier.
There are two ways in which you can get help from your council:-
As someone under the age of 18 you can have a Children's Assessment - this will aim to help you find you to find ways that will allow you to concentrate on your education, see your friends and have a normal childhood.
And as someone looking after a person over the age of 18 you are entitled to a carer's assessment - this will aim to find ways in which you can be supported in your caring role.
You can contact the council direct. Or, if you prefer, you can ask someone you know to contact them for you - maybe a friend or relative, a teacher, or your family doctor. Don't be afraid to ask - it is important to get the help you are entitled to.
There are organisations in your local area dedicated to providing specialist advice and support to carers, and various other organisations and groups offering support and activities:-
Spurgeons are a national charity supporting children and their families, and provide specialist support and advice to young carers.
Our Events calendar offers information on support groups and other activities for carers in your area.
Carers Kensington and Chelsea are the main organisation in Kensington and Chelsea providing information, advice and support for carers.
They have produced an information booklet for carers for 2016.
And you can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Kensington and Chelsea for a handy summary of local support options.
Westminster have produced an information booklet for carers.
And you can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Westminster for a handy summary of local support options.
You can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Hammersmith and Fulham for a handy summary of local support options.
Carers Direct have videos, carers' stories and lots of useful info for young carers.
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend.
You can get lots of information and advice from the YCNet website. It has online forums, so you can chat to other young carers and share your experiences.
Childline are a charity offering support and advice to young people.They have lots of advice for young carers.And you can also call their helpline - tel 0800 1111.
The Children's Society provides information, advice and support for young carers across the country.
Barnardos provide support and information for young carers.
The Carers Trust's Young Carers website offers information for young carers.
You may know the singer Tulisa. But did you know that she spent much of her childhood looking after her mum who experienced mental health problems. In 2010 they made a film in which they talked about their experiences.
If you would like information on carer's assessments for someone looking after a person with severe and enduring mental health problems, look at our information on requesting a Mental Health Assessment.
The Family Action Young Carers Service provides practical and emotional support for young carers between the ages of 7 - 17. It provides weekly group and holiday activities and offers one-to-one support. They also provide a Personal Budget for Young Carers who are keen to engage in an activity which promotes good health, for example they can fund gym memberships, dance lessons, swimming, etc.
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