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, learning difficulty or substance dependency, then our service is here to support you.
We offer a wide range of activities to support you, including:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
If you are a school professional who is looking to refer a young carer, it might also be helpful to look through this document which includes advice in identifying and supporting young carers in your school.
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