If a parent or close family member cannot care for themselves, it is sometimes left to the younger members of the family to look after them.
They are often called young carers. Young carers are children and young people (18 and under) whose lives are affected in some way by caring for another person or helping someone else to provide care.
The average age of a young carer is 12 in the UK and the last census in 2011 identified 178,000 young carers in just England and Wales.
You are not alone, there is help available to you and it is important that you look after yourself.
Advice in Cardiff
Cardiff Council’s young carers section – Including an emergency out of hours helpline
YMCA Cardiff – Run a couple of projects to help and support young carers under the name TIME 4 ME
The Mix – Support and information for young carers.
NHS Choices – Help for young carers.
Your Rights as a Young Carer – NHS Choices share information and help about your rights as a young carer.
Carers Trust Wales – Exists to provide action, help and advice to carers throughout Wales.
Starter Chef – YMCA’s Starter Chef app allows you to find easy and affordable recipes that taste great. You’ll see what you need and how to make the dish, as well as keeping track of items needed for the shopping list.
Blogs and Guides
How I Found Support As A Young Carer – The Mix
Young carers: The truth behind the myths – The Mix