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Who Are Young Carers?

Young Carers are children and young people under the age of 19, who help to look after or support a member of their family due to one or more of the following:  

  • Physical or learning disability 
  • Mental illness 
  • Physical illness 
  • Drug and / or alcohol problems 
  • Autism 
  • Dementia 
  • Long term illness / condition 


The person the Young Carer looks after might be their parent, a sibling, a grandparent or any other person living in the family home.  They may look after that person by themselves or could help someone else, they may not even have a physical caring role but offer emotional support to their loved one.  Many young people don't even realise they that they are a Young Carer.  

If you or someone you know are not sure if you are a Young Carer, ask yourself:  

  • Are you aged between 8-19 and live in either Barking & Dagenham or Thurrock?  
  • Do you need support?  
  • Would you like to meet other Young Carers who also have a caring role?  


If the answer is YES we can help...