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Young Carers

If you look after a parent, relative, brother or sister who is ill, has a long term illness, has a physical or mental disability, is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you could be a young carer.
Sometimes it might be too much to cope with and you may feel alone, angry or worried. Its good to talk about how you feel and ask for help if you need it.

Caring for someone can make you feel tired so try to look after yourself, too. Its okay to have some time doing things you enjoy, like relaxing with friends or listening to music. The person you are caring for wants you to enjoy life too.

It can be hard to think about your future, whether you plan to get a job or apprenticeship, or go to college or university. But you have to live your life too. That doesnt mean that you love
your family any less. There are many support groups locally to help you.

If youre finding things hard, is there anyone else who can share the caring you do?
  • If youre being bullied at school or your school work is affected, talk to your parents, teacher or an adult you trust.
  • If youre planning to work in the future, some companies have Carers Policies to make it easy as possible for you.
  • The government has started New Deal for Carers to try to take some pressure off young carers.

For help and advice visit:

The Junction
Tel: (01642) 756 000
Web: www.thejunctionfoundation.com

Young Carers
Tel: 0844 800 4361
Web: www.youngcarers.net

Redcar & Cleveland's Welfare Rights Unit
Tel: (01642) 771166
Email: welfare_rights@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk