Supporting young carers

A young carer is anyone under the age of 18 who looks after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, a mental health problem or substance misuse problem. Young Carers take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

This may be a family member such as parent, brother or sister, or grandparent. They may be looking after more than one person. Young Carers are not those caring for someone with a short term illness, or caring for non-disabled siblings whilst non-disabled parents are absent, e.g. babysitting.

Young Carers may help the person they care for with a variety of different things, such as: washing and dressing, making meals, doing the laundry, providing nursing care, such as giving medication, or lifting someone up and down stairs or in and out of bed. Or making sure the person is safe, as well as giving emotional support.

What is available?

There are a number of organisations that offer support, information and advice for young carers, including helping you access a range of social activities and trips:

Richmond Carers Centre offer support and activities to Young Carers aged from 5 - 18 years, including:

  • Information and advice
  • Young carers activity and support groups
  • Activities and group trips during the school holidays
  • One-to-one support for young carers
  • Referral of young carers and their families to other carer support agencies. 

Richmond Carers Centre - Young Carers
Phone: 020 8867 2383

Achieving for Children (AfC)

Achieving for Children provide children's services in Richmond. You can find information and advice about local services on the local offer website. 

Achieving for Children
Address: Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 1411