Support for young carers

If you’re under 18 and are caring for a parent or a relative that has a disability you are classed as a young carer.

Young carers may be doing tasks that they should not be facing alone and that could interrupt their school life and childhood experience.

These tasks could include:

  • helping with washing, bathing, going to the toilet, dressing or feeding
  • help getting about or lifting
  • giving support in a crisis or whenever it is needed
  • shopping, running errands or helping with money
  • keeping an eye on someone to keep them safe

If you are a young carer, you could get support from us including:

  • a young carers assessment
  • practical help at home
  • equipment
  • day care
  • respite care

Get more information about young carers at NHS Choices

If you would like some extra support or advice, contact us at ss.accessandinfo@medway.gov.uk or phone 01634 334 466.

Carers FIRST provide the young carers service in Medway as part of the Better Together consortium.

The Better Together consortium is a collaboration that provides advice, guidance and support to Medway carers, residents and voluntary sector organisations.