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
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.
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