Young carers are children and young people whose lives are in some way restricted because they provide care, assistance or support to another family member.
The person they care for is often a parent but can be a sibling, grandparent or other relative who needs care, supervision or support because of disability, chronic illness, mental health difficulties or problems with drugs or alcohol.
A young carer is often the primary care giver in a household or may have other responsibilities at home. Caring for others can affect how you feel, and how much free time you have. Many people don't see themselves as young carers and as a result often don't realise that there is practical help and emotional support available for them.
It’s estimated that at least 166,000 children and young people in the UK are young carers.
For more help and information, contact your local authority Connexions service.
The Carers Trust
The Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring for a family member.
The Carers Trust also operates Babble - an innovative, on-line community for young carers.
The Children's Society Include programme offers a number of local and national projects to support young carers.
Help in Gateshead
Carers Trust Tyne & Wear Crossroads Carer Services
Telephone 01207 549 780
Help in Newcastle upon Tyne
Young Carers and Family Support Team
Telephone 0191 240 4800
Help in North Tyneside
North Tyneside Carers Centre
Telephone 0191 643 2298
The North Tyneside Carers Centre website has dedicated pages for young carers.
Help in South Tyneside
Carers Association in South Tyneside (CAST)
Telephone 0191 454 3346
The CAST website also has information for young carers.
Help in Sunderland
Sunderland Carers' Centre
Telephone 0191 549 3768
Sunderland Carers' Centre also has Young Carers website.