How being a young carer can affect you  

Being a young carer can be very rewarding.  It can make you feel good to look after someone you love.   Caring for someone can also make you worry about the person you care for and feel stressed and unhappy.  Here are some of the things young carers have said they find difficult about caring

  • finding it difficult to do home work
  • ​not being able to spend time with friends
  • being late to school
  • not being able to do after school activities
  • looking after brothers and sisters
  • being bullied
  • ​not being able to go on family outings
  • ​being worried about talking about how they are feeling
  • ​not having the same opportunities as other people their own age
  • not having time to yourself
  • ​finding it hard to go onto further education, training or employment

Do you

  • Feel that you miss out on things because you have to help someone at home?
  • Have difficulty coping at school?
  • Worry about the person you care for?
  • Worry about what might happen if you talk to somebody about any of these things?

If you answered yes to any of the above or would like to talk to someone then we can help.  We can provide some-one to talk to, fun and time out, the opportunity to meet other young carers and make friends, help with school and support for your family.

Young carers are young people who look after or help to look after a family member such as a parent, grandparent, brother or sister, uncle, aunt or other relative.  Some young carers may care for a family friend. Young carers may live in the same house as the person they care for or they live somewhere else.  Young carers may look after the person they care for all by themselves or they may help someone else.  

The person a young carer looks after may be ill, disabled, have a mental health problem  or a problem with drugs and alcohol.​  You are not alone if you are a young carer.  Research tells us that one in ten of young people are young carers.  We can estimate that there are at least 2,000 young carers in East Lothian.

​​​​ Who are young carers?

What do young carers do?

Young Carers may take on emotional and/or hands on caring responsibilities that are usually done by an adult.  If you are a young carer you might be providing or helping to provide any of the following to the person you care for

  • help with medication
  • keeping someone company
  • physical support, such as helping with moving around
  • help with dressing
  • help wth washing and toileting
  • help with cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping and paying bills and banking
  • looking after younger brothers and sisters
  • getting up and ready for school in the morning
  • keeping an eye on the person you care for 
  • listening to worries