Adult carers

See information about caring for someone on the People First website.

Young carers

If you are a young carer aged five to 19, your own health and development may be affected because of your caring responsibilities at home.

You may not get the chance to go out with your friends or do your homework. Perhaps you skip school and you might worry a lot about your home situation. Sometimes it gets too much.

As a young carer you have the same rights as other carers. If you are, or someone you know is, a young carer looking after a family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental health difficulties, or difficulty with drugs or alcohol, help is available.

We can help with:

  • support in identifying and using services that can assist you
  • one-to-one support, advice and guidance, including home visits
  • free activities and events to give you a break from your caring role, and a chance to meet other young carers. These include regular term-time groups and activities during school holidays
  • specialist training workshops on health, wellbeing and caring.

People you can contact for help

A teacher at your school

Hammersmith & Fulham Family Support Localities Service
020 8753 6600

Young Carers’ Support Services
020 8969 7812

Young Carers

Princess Royal Trust for Carers
0844 800 4361

The Children’s Society

Carers UK
0808 808 7777

Freephone 0800 1111

Carers’ allowance

Find out about the carers’ allowance on the GOV.UK website.