Who do you care for?
Lots of young people spend a lot of time looking after a loved one, such as one or both of their parents, their brother or sister. Children and young people who help for someone with an illness or a disability are often called 'young carers'.
It can feel good to help, but sometimes it can feel too much to cope with.
Our mental health is what helps us cope with the challenges we face when we are growing up. This is all about our feelings and emotions, feeling calm or angry, happy or sad. Our mental health doesn't always stay the same, but is affected by things around us. Everyone gets worried or stressed at times for all sorts of reasons. Helping to care for someone might also affect how we feel. If you think you need help or support, try talking to someone you can trust. There are also many organisations that help young carers (see below). There are many people who are able to help you.
If the person you care for is referred to one of our services, it's a good idea to make the clinical staff member aware that you have a caring role. This will help them ensure that both you and the cared for person receives the right support. Further support for younger carers can be found at Centre33. All younger carers are entitled to a statutory young carers assessment, as well as more general support. Centre 33 is responsible for completing younger carers statutory assessment. They can be contacted on 03334141809 / firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also look at these websites for help and information:
Please help us to help you and other carers
Carers are the most valuable resource people can have. Because we recognise this, we are committed to listening and learning from you. We particularly value your feedback about the services you receive.
We are actively looking for carers to be involved in service planning and development. If you are interested, or have comments or concerns to raise, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
Young carer films
As part of the NHS commitment to carers, five young adult carers from Carers Trust Cambridgeshire were asked to be part of a film about how being a carers impacted their lives. They spent the weekend planning & filming at Ipswich Town Football Club. Carers Trust Cambridgeshire then hosted the editing day at their headquarters in St Ives. The film was introduced at the NHS Commitment to Carers conference in London, with the official Cambridge premiere, attended by all the young adult carers involved, taking place in February at Cambridge Arts Picture House. NHS England & Carers Trust partners will use the film as part of their efforts to educate professionals and organisations involved in health provision. To watch the film please click here.
Another short film was also shown to support the NHS Commitment to Carers. To watch that film please click here.
Young Carers Support for young carers - no need to cope alone
Carers Trust Improving support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
Carers Direct (NHS) Carers support and information online and on freephone 0808 802 0202
Childline Free and confidential helpline for children and young people
Contact a Family For families with disabled children. Offers information on specific conditions and rare disorders
Cambridgeshire Children and Families Services on offer for children and families living in Cambridgeshire
Peterborough City Council children and families Services on offer for children and families living in Peterborough
Centre 33 A range of confidential services for young carers aged 8 - 18 who live in Cambridgeshire