Young Carers Support

We can offer young carer support if you are under 18 years of age and help a sibling, parent, guardian, or another family member


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Do you need help with:

  • personal care (washing and dressing, for example)
  • medical care
  • daily tasks or to stay safe



If you carry out any of these responsibilities, you are entitled to young carer support. If you want to know more, please do contact us, or you will find a lot of useful information here, such as advice on education, where you can get help if you find life emotionally tough, or what support is available to you and your family.

If you or someone you know is a young carer, please click here. We explain what it is that makes someone an unpaid carer or young caregiver beyond just helping out or doing chores.

You may be considered a ‘Young Adult Carer’ if you left school at 16 or 18 and are under the age of 25. We also have an Adult Carers section where you can find all the information you need. If you’re not sure or can’t find what you’re looking for, just give us a call.

It is estimated that there are more than 370,000 unpaid carers of all ages providing care worth around £8.1 billion to the Welsh economy each year. 

The Care Collective works across ten local authority areas in South Wales, which accounts for about 50% of the total number of unpaid carers in Wales. It is also estimated that 12 per cent of the population of Wales are unpaid carers and this figure could increase to 16 per cent by 2037.

These figures include anyone caring for as little as an hour a week and most people who spend only very limited time on caring will not require any additional support. However, Wales also has the highest proportion of older carers and carers providing more than 50 hours of care a week.

You may also be interested in this interactive game My Double Life.

The aim of the game (funded by Welsh Government through the Gwent Regional Partnership Board) is to raise awareness of young carers, their lives and the issues they face on a day-to-day basis. Throughout the game you will be asked questions and the answer you chose will reflect the next step. Think about what you would do in the situation when answering the questions. There are mini games embedded into the game too, you must complete these mini games to move on to the next step. The mini games contain words or feelings and thoughts from young carers. The game is also designed to identify young carers. At the end of the game, you may be asked some questions, please complete these.  Please login here:

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