A Young Adult Carer is somebody aged between 16 and 24 years old who cares for, or is affected by, a family member who has any of the following:
- Physical disability
- Long-term physical illness
- Mental health problem
- Learning difficulty
- Drug or alcohol misuse problem
Caring can mean giving someone practical help, like helping a parent to get dressed, but it can also be in the form of emotional support, for example caring for someone with mental health problems.
We recognise that being a Young Adult Carer can often be as rewarding as it is challenging. As a Young Adult Carer, you might feel that you are missing out on the opportunities that your friends take for granted. The Transitions project is designed to help you make the most of your own potential and the support you have is guided by you.
We can offer:
- Someone to talk to
It can be really helpful to offload or talk through the things that are worrying you. This might be about money worries, bereavement, or your emotional wellbeing. We offer confidential one to one appointments with specialist Young Adult Carer Support Workers, and can meet at home or in the community at a time that suits you. We can also provide direct access to our counselling service.
- Time for you
We run regular socials and days out for Young Adult Carers to offer a break from their caring role and the opportunity to meet other young people with similar experiences. This also provides a chance to learn new skills and have new experiences. We can explore arranging extra support for the person you care for to allow you to have a break.
- Family Support
We understand that the person you care for or other people in your family may need support as well. We can provide specialist support to improve family relationships and referrals to other agencies who may be able to help members of your family.
We can help you to make sure you and your family are accessing the right benefits and support, and apply for specialist funding including driving grants and education bursaries.
If you are not sure whether we can provide the support that is right for you, we are happy to arrange an informal chat to answer any questions. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch:
T: 01603 219924
Our Young Adult Carers services are generously funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief.
Norfolk Carers Support is excited to have partnered with The Matthew Project on the new Unity service (formerly the U18 service) providing support to children, young people and their families affected by substance misuse. For more information see our Unity page.
If you have any questions about the services we offer please call 01603 219924.