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Young Carers

Are you looking after someone else?

Looking after someone, such as a family member, who is ill or helping them by looking after someone else while they can’t, can be very rewarding. However, it is likely to mean more chores and responsibilities as well as normal schoolwork and family life. Sometimes friends and family don’t understand your responsibilities and why you have less free time than others.

You have the right to be looked after too and there are lots of places and people you can go to get help.

What extra help can you get?

By looking after someone, you can receive support as a Young Carer. This support can include:

  • help towards school or college activities
  • accessing activities and a personal budget to pay for this
  • help towards hobbies or interests
  • equipment such as books or a computer.
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Here are a list of services that can help with young carers. The icons below tell you the type of support available.

  • In person In person

Nottinghamshire Young Carers Service


age 7-17

  • In person In person

Action for Young Carers


age 5-18

  • Web chat Web chat
  • Phone Phone
  • Email Email

Carers UK

City and County

age 18+

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Here are some related mental health topics

Bereavements and loss

Bereavement and Loss

When someone you care about dies or is seriously ill, it is very difficult. There’s no right or wrong way to feel, but it’s natural to have strong reactions. If an animal you love dies, this can be very upsetting too. People can feel scared, confused, numb, or out of control. You might even feel like you’ll never feel OK again. These feelings will change over time– it’s really tough, but certain things can help you cope.

Self-Care for Mental Health

It’s OK not to be OK.

Just like our physical fitness, we need to look after our mental health to feel good. When you’re not feeling OK, it’s OK to talk about this and ask for help.

Family Separation

There are lots of reasons why some parents split up. Usually, it’s because one (or both) of the parents is unhappy. They might think they need to be apart to make things better. Your parents may argue and shout, but remember it is not your fault that this is happening.