Being a young carer in a serving or veteran family can be challenging, however, with the right support, the role can be so rewarding.
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.
How we help young carers from serving and veteran families
We understand having a parent deployed or caring for a loved one with life-changing physical or psychological wounds can make your caring responsibilities very challenging.
It’s important to find time to relax and we can help purchase things like outdoor play equipment, exercise equipment and gaming consoles through our grants programme. Better still, if you’re a little bit older, and thinking about driving lessons or something which will help enhance your independence, get in touch and we’re more than happy to help.
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. Let us take a little weight off your shoulders; we can fund a respite holiday to enjoy quality time together with your family. Better still, we can also help make all the arrangements.
We can provide opportunities to meet other young carers from serving and veteran families to have a chat and make new friends through our Youth Participation Project. What’s more if you’d like to talk about something you are finding challenging, we’re here to listen too. We have a new mental health and wellbeing service.
Please note: Young carers who have received a grant from us will need to wait a minimum of two years before re-applying for a follow-up award.