Young Carers

Young carers are young people under 18 who provide care, assistance or support to another family member who has a disability, a physical or long term mental illness, or has a substance misuse problem. They carry out, often on a regular basis, significant or substantial caring tasks – taking a level of responsibility that is inappropriate to their age or development.

The extent of the difficulties that young carers face will depend on a variety of factors, but all find their lives are significantly affected by their caring responsibilities.

Registered young carers are supported by the Swindon Young Carers Centre and get involved with age appropriate activities, offer mutual support to each other and are sometimes personally supported by a support worker or a family worker.

Our Young Carers are also supported in school through our House System and by our Young Carers’ lead: Mrs Tchoya.

The Dorcan Academy
St. Paul’s Drive
Covingham, Swindon
Wiltshire SN3 5DA
Switchboard: 01793 525231
Fax: 01793 431461
The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.