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Young Carers Service

If you are a young person who is caring within your family, you might not realise that you are a Young Carer. If you provide your family with emotional support or practical support including shopping, cooking or money, this can have an impact on your own health, social life or education.

As a Young Carer you can get extra help and support with your caring responsibilities. The Young Carers Service is a free and friendly service, offering support to young people who are caring for a parent or sibling.

If you are aged 7-25, live in Croydon and are caring for someone with a physical disability, mental health issue, long-term illness or learning difficulty, then our service is here to support you.

We offer a wide range of activities to support you, including:

  • Trips and Activities are organised with all sorts of activities for all ages during the holidays to help you take a break, have fun and meet other young carers like yourself.
  • Emotional Support and Counselling offers you one-to-one emotional support and confidential counselling sessions to help you with any issues you may be facing.
  • Educational Support provides you with help around any issue to do with school, college or training. We also run a weekly Homework Club.
  • Family Support for your parents, where appropriate. We also run regular coffee mornings to get together and consult with parents.
  • Monthly Boys and Girls Groups are a chance to get together. We pick different activities every month and just chill.

Making the first call

Anyone can contact Young Carers to find out more information or to make a referral. You reach our Young Carers Service on 020 8649 9339 (option 2) and by email youngcarers@talkofftherecord.org

If you are a young person caring for someone and would like to know what kind of support is available then contact the Young Carers Service. When you get in touch, we will be able to offer you a Young Carers Assessment to let you know what kind of support is available, what activities are happening and also find out what would be helpful for you.

If you are a parent or professional and would like to make a referral, then please ask the potential young carer to complete the MACA form which can be downloaded from this page.


Please visit the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/government/publications/young-carers-and-young-adult-carers-providing-care-during-coronavirus for a guidance to help young carers and young adult carers understand COVID-19 (includes an easy read version). 

Call us

Saturday Support Line 020 8175 6776

Open on Saturdays from 10am-1pm

Croydon Service 020 8251 0251

Merton Service 020 3984 4004

Sutton Service 020 8680 8899

Email us

General enquiries info@talkofftherecord.org