Young Carers

A Young Carer is somebody aged between 6 and 16 years old who cares for, or is affected by, a family member who has:

  • A physical disability
  • A long-term physical illness
  • A mental health problem
  • A learning difficulty
  • Drug or alcohol misuse problems

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. These extra responsibilities for young people mean that sometimes they miss out on social opportunities and feel isolated by their situation.

We run Carers’ groups in Norwich to give these young people a chance to socialise with other Young Carers on a regular basis, have fun, learn new skills and benefit from the support and guidance of Support Workers. We provide young carers groups for children aged 6-12 years and 12-16 years in Norwich and aim to remove barriers that may be limiting young people¬†from achieving all that they can be, giving them a space to be themselves and to grow in confidence.

If you are a Young Carer or know of a Young Carer, then please fill in the Young Carers Norfolk Referral Form 2017 and return it to us at or contact us on 01603 219924. If you would like to know more about our past and future events and groups, please see our Events page.

Our Young Carers Project is funded through charitable grants and donations.


Norfolk Carers Support is excited to be partnering 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.


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