Young Adult Carers  16 to 24 


East Lothian Young Carers support young carers from five years old to twenty four years old who look after a family member who is ill or disabled.  The support we offer is not time limited we have provided support to some young carers from primary age through to secondary school and beyond.  The support a young carer needs can change over time.  The support we provide is flexible and when a young carer leaves the service the door is always open for them to come back in the future. 


The transition from child to adult and the move from secondary school into further education, training or employment is a hugely important time in a person's life.  Young adult carers may find that their caring role makes this time more challenging and difficult to navigate.  Young adult carers may been caring since they were a child or they have recently become a carer.  A young adult carer may do one or more of the following for the person they 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
  • help with shopping
  • help with paying bills and banking
  • ​help with going to appointments
  • looking after younger brothers and sisters
  • keeping an eye on the person you care for ​
  • listening to worries ​


​The additional responsibilities that being a young adult carer can bring while often being rewarding can also have a negative effect on a young person's life.  Young adult carers may find it more difficult than other young people of their own age to access education, training and employment opportunities.  Caring can also have a negative impact upon a young person's health.  Young adult carers may find it difficult to have a social life and keep in touch with their friends.  The impact of caring upon a young adult carer may have lasting impact on their future opportunities and life.


East Lothian Young Carers can support young adult carers to help them make a positive transition into adulthood.  We can offer the following help to 


  • ​one to one support
  • ​young carers assessment
  • support with school
  • help with applying to further education
  • help with applying for financial support
  • a break from your caring role
  • emergency planning
  • opportunities to meet other young carers your own age
  • fun activities
  • talking to others on your behalf
  • advice
  • information on the person your care for's illness or disability
  • help with financial matters
  • help with housing
  • family support



All young carers who are referred to ELYC are met by our young carers worker who will chat to them about their caring situation and what help we can offer.  



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