Young carers are children and young people under 18 who often take on the practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Young Carers may have to prepare meals, look after money matters, give medicine, translate, arrange appointments or take care of a relative's hygiene. Also caring for someone often means giving them emotional support. It can be a lot of work for anyone to handle, especially when you have school or work at the same time.
Centre 33 support young carers up to the age of 18 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. They provide:
- a young carers needs assessment
- information, advice and support
- opportunities to meet up with other young carers
- one to one support
- groups in primary and secondary schools and other places across Cambridgeshire
- regular activities and events
- support during transitions such as changing schools, starting independent living.
You can visit the Centre 33 website to request a 'young carers needs assessment', or find out more about what they do. You can also find out is there is a group in your area or school. For some groups you may need a teacher, young carers or social worker to get in touch for you.