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You are a young carer if you are under the age of 18 and have responsibility for a relative who has a long term illness or disability or is older and frail. Your caring role may be physical, emotional or both.

Dudley Carers Hub offers information, advice and practical support to carers of all ages, including young carers. Specialist support is also available from the organisations listed below.

Am I a young carer?

You may be a young carer if you are under 18 and are:

  • the sole carer in the home
  • supporting another adult family member in care tasks
  • taking on parenting responsibilities for younger brothers and sisters because your parents are unable to or need assistance at particular times
  • not necessarily providing care but are substantially affected by disability in the family

Specialist support for young carers in Dudley

There are a number of support groups and services for young carers.

Spurgeons children's charity

Spurgeons make a real difference to children, young people and adults.

What do they offer?

  • 1-2-1 young carer support
  • information, guidance and signposting
  • emotional support through counselling
  • training sessions and workshops
  • holiday activities
  • 10 week F.U.N (Fitness, Understanding, Nutrition programme for young carers)
  • regular newsletters
  • support at professional meetings
  • school support and transition to college/university or employment.

The What? Centre

Offers advice, information and counselling sessions to young people aged 13-25. You can call them on 01384 379992, email or visit their website for more information.

Connexions

Offer advice to young people aged 13-19 (or 25 if you have a disability) on a range of topics from employment and training, to health and housing needs. Staff from Connexions are aware of the role of young carers and where additional support may be found.  Email Connexions Dudley.

Carers Trust

Supporting carers locally throughout the UK. Visit the Carers Trust website for more information.

Making it real

Making it Real is a set of standards which directly relate to the experiences of those who use care and support services or who care for people who do. It is a framework for best practice in personalised care and support.

The guidelines for this come from an initiative called Think Local, Act Personal.

Become 'Young Carer aware'

If you would like to find out more about the role and rights of young carers why not take a look at our Young Carer Aware course.