Young carers are children or young people who care or help to care for somebody in their family with an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem.
If you are a young carer you may help care for a parent, a sibling, a grandparent, or even other relatives.
You might help out with cleaning and cooking, help the person you care for to get around the house, help with medicines, keep them safe, shower or dress them or just watch out to make sure they are okay.
What’s it like to be a young carer?
Many young carers tell us that they enjoy caring – that they’re proud of who they are and what they do and that they’ve built up a whole range of useful skills.
Sometimes though young carers say that caring can affect how they feel, how much time they get to spend with friends, or their school work, and that often they need some help.
How we can help
Family Carers Ireland provides a range of supports to help young carers look after themselves these include:
For more information on our supports or to check if we have a young carer programme in your area, you can call Family Carers Ireland’s Young Carer Project on 057 9370208.