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Support for young carers

Is there someone at home with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem? Do you have to help a lot, or worry a lot about the person who is unwell? Are you under 18? You could be a young carer.

It is estimated that over 2000 young people in North Somerset have caring responsibilities at home, so you are not alone. Get in touch to find out more about meeting other young carers and what support is on offer to you.

Some of the ways young people care for someone are:

  • Staying in the house a lot to be there for them
  • Helping them to get up, get washed or dressed, or helping with personal care
  • Doing lots of the household chores like shopping, cleaning and cooking
  • Looking after younger brothers and sisters
  • Providing emotional support or a shoulder to cry on.

We know that being a young carer can mean missing out, feeling different to others and sometimes finding life that bit harder. It can also have an impact on your school life including taking part in out of school activities, behaviour and ability to complete coursework and homework on time. You may also worry about talking to someone because you worry about things like bullying, letting your family down or being taken into care.

We're here to help- find out more about what's on offer for young carers below.