Carers Week | Ensuring young carers are visible, valued and respected

Forces Children Scotland supports young people from armed forces and veteran families caring for loved ones and friends across Scotland.

For Carers Week we are raising awareness about the lives led by young carers from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland to ensure they are visible, valued and respected.

What is a young carer?

A young carer is someone aged 25 and under who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support. Older young carers are also known as young adult carers, and they may have different support needs to younger carers.

What are the things young carers will do?
  • Practical tasks, like cooking, housework, and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
  • Emotional support, including talking to someone who is distressed.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine.
  • Helping someone communicate.
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

In this video, we learn more about the things young carers from armed forces and veteran families do to support loved ones or friends in the local community on a day-to-day basis.

How we can support young carers

We can support young carers from serving, reservist and veteran families in many different ways.

Financial Support

We provide financial grants to young carers to help them to relax and chill from from caring responsibilities to purchase things like outdoor play equipment, exercise equipment and gaming consoles. Better still, we can help towards things like driving lessons to enhance independence or provide financial support to students gain qualifications at college or university.

Respite Holidays

We understand being a young carer means it’s not easy to organise holidays for yourself and family when there are so many other things to think about on a day-to-day basis. We can take a little of the weight off the shoulders of young carers to fund respite holidays to enjoy quality time together with their families.

Wellbeing Support

We provide opportunities for young carers to meet other young carers from armed forces and veteran families to have a chat, make new friends and co-develop impactful projects through our Youth Participation Project.

What’s more, we’re here to listen and provide help to better understand and improve mental health and wellbeing through our Your Mind Matters Project.

Want to help us spread the word?

Did you know young carers have worked with Forces Children Scotland and Fife Young Carers to co-develop and launch a poster-led campaign in primary and secondary schools in Fife during Carers Week?

We want to spread the word further! Get involved by downloading our posters and display them in your school, sports or community group anywhere across Scotland!

Secondary school poster

Primary school poster

To find out more about how Forces Children Scotland can support young carers from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland, please email admin@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk