Young Carers

A young carer is a person under 18 who regularly provides emotional and/or practical support and assistance for someone, usually a family member, who is disabled, physically or mentally unwell or who misuses substances.  

Young people with caring responsibilities have all the challenges of being young, with all the responsibilities of being an adult, and they’re often left to face these alone. 

Providing any level of care to somebody else can have an impact on an individual’s life and sometimes this can cause stress, fatigue and loneliness. 

On this page you can find factsheets, tips and information, organisations and services in West Lothian on what it means to be a young carer, the impact it can have on your mental health and ways to improve your wellbeing. 

Let us know what resource works well for you. If you have any other suggestions for our self-help pages, please email westspace@health-in-mind.org.uk


Factsheets

These factsheets will help you understand more about what it means to be a young carer and the support available. 

About Young Carers from Carers Trust

Being a young carer: your rights from The NHS

Young Carer Facts from The Children’s Society

Tips and information

Here are some different tips and ideas on how young carers can look after their wellbeing: 

Young Carer Grant from Citizens Advice

Young Carers from Young Minds

Organisations and services

Here is a list of national organisations related to young carers: 

Carers West Lothian

YoungScot

Young Carers

Childline

Barnardo’s

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you – West Space service directory


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