Am I a Young Carer?
If you are a young person, aged between 8 and 18, who helps to look after your mum, dad, brother, sister or grandparent, who needs your help due to disability, illness, frailty or addiction – you’re a young carer.
All young carers roles are different, for example, you might provide help with practical household tasks or emotional support. Being a young carer might mean that you don’t have time to spend with your friends or enjoy family time, for example, going on day trips.
What Support is Available?
Depending on individual need, the Carers Centre provides the following types of support for young carers aged 8 – 18 in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire:
A range of monthly groups, which give young carers a break from their caring role for a short period of time and the opportunity to meet other young carers of a similar age who can understand how they feel.
We offer many different activities at the groups such as sports and games, and arts and crafts, which are often delivered by outside facilitators.
The groups aim to enable young carers to have fun, enjoy themselves, and experience opportunities similar to their peers.
One to One support
If there is an identified need, one to one support can be provided for a short period of time for young carers who are struggling with a particular issue, for example, a lack of understanding about a health condition or illness, lack of self-esteem or confidence.
Volunteer befrienders can be linked with young carers to enable them to participate in a range of activities, such as: bowling, cinema, ice skating, meals etc., which can increase self-esteem and general wellbeing and provide a break from their caring role.
Carers Trust Survey
Calling on all young carers and young adult carers to take a survey on how you’ve been affected by Coronavirus
Carers Trust has launched a survey to find out how young carers aged from 12 up to 25 have been affected by Coronavirus, and what support they need.
The findings of the survey will help influence decision makers to give young carers and young adult carers the support they need.
Can you help young carers and young adult carers by adding your voice and filling out the survey? And please spread the word with your friends who are also young carers to make sure as many people as possible take the survey.
The survey is live and will run up to 23 June and can be found here.
How do I find out more?
See our Latest News section for more information
To arrange an appointment with a Carer Support Worker please contact your local Centre:
Falkirk 01324 611510 / Alloa 01259 452394
Or complete and submit our contact form.