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Young carers

There are a large number of young people who look after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty or disability.

Sometimes these young people are referred to as ‘family carer or ‘informal carer’ and all the help and care they give is unpaid. 

Often, these carers see their role as being normal for them and don’t see themselves as carers. As a friend or family member of the person they care for, it can be difficult for them to see their caring role as different and separate from the relationship they have with the person they care for, whether they are a son, daughter, sibling or friend.

Being a carer carries with it enormous responsibilities and demands and it is not unusual for carers to put themselves after that of their cared for, detrimentally effecting their health and wellbeing. As carers often lack time for themselves, it is important that they have easily accessible sources of help, support and information.

If you are a young carer or are caring for a young person, you can find more information on our website here.

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Suffolk Family Carers will help young carers from 9 to 19. Visit their website to find our more: suffolkfamilycarers.org

More help for young carers is available from: 

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