East Renfrewshire Young Carers - East Renfrewshire Champions Board

East Renfrewshire Young Carers

East Renfrewshire Young Carers
A young carer is a young person under 18, who looks after someone who is affected by:
Learning/Physical Disability
Physical/Mental Health
Drug/alcohol misuse
A relative who is frail or elderly
East Renfrewshire Carers Centre

I think I am a young carer, what should I do?

The first thing to do is not to panic or to worry too much. There is lots of support available in East Renfrewshire to help and support young carers. There are lots of reasons why young people who have a caring role might not want to ask for help.

We know you won’t want your friends or class mates to treat you differently. You might be worried about what teachers or social workers will do. You might not want to talk about the person in your family who is ill or disabled, you might think you are letting them down. It is hard to talk about mental health problems. You might be worried about alcohol problems or drug misuse.

Don’t let any reason stop you for asking for help.

We will talk to you in confidence and make sure that you and the person you care for or worry about gets the right support.

If you want to talk to someone about being a young carer we encourage you to speak to a teacher or contact our young carers team, Adele, Anna, Kevin or Sarah on 0141 638 4888 or through email: