​​​​​​Individual Support

If you would like to have some time on your own with a young carers worker offer one to one support.  One to one sessions give you the opportunity to have some time out from caring with a young carers worker.  You can talk about anything that might be on your mind or worrying you.  One to one sessions can take place where ever you feel comfortable - at our clubroom, in a cafe or just going for a walk.  Everything you talk about will be treated confidentially but if the worker is worried about your safety we may need to get you some help - we would always talk to you about it first.  One to one sessions can also be used just to have fun!

Some things you might want to talk about during a one to one session might include

  • how you feel about caring 

  • the illness or disability of the person you care for

  • how you are coping at school

  • ​any worries you may have

  • ​what you want to do in the future

  • what you think may help you 

  • help with applying for college/university 

  • what you want to do when you are not caring

  • friendships

If you would like to speak to someone about one to one support then please contact us on 01620 826558 or info@eastlothianyoungcarers.org

Thank you so much for your help I could'nt have done it without you."

 We know that being a young carer can be very rewarding but it can also sometimes be very difficult.  Young carers often have less time to do what other young people do - taking part in activities, spending time with friends or even doing home work!  It may be difficult for you to explain to your friends what you do at home.  You may be worried that people will not understand and you may feel embarrassed talking about caring or asking for help.   Sometimes caring can feel very lonely.  East Lothian Young Carers can help with a lot of problems that young carers come across.

When a young carer is referred to East Lothian Young Carers we arrange to meet up to have a chat about their caring role.  This meeting usually takes place at home but if that is not suitable we can arrange to meet somewhere else.  We will talk to you about your caring situation and what help we can offer.  East Lothian Young Carers offers young carers a break form caring and the chance ot meet other young carers at our young carers clubs, family support and support  

"You meet really nice people here who you can talk to"

"You made me feel normal and like a teenager again."