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.