Who are young carers?
A young carer is a young person, under the age of 18, who has a caring responsibility. This is usually for a family member who has a disability, long-term illness, mental illness (including depression, anxieties) or drug/alcohol substance misuse.
We support young carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk.
We have a number of bursaries that are available to help young carers, subject to availability and criteria. We are grateful to the Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust, BBC Children in Need, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Cambridgeshire Young Carers Fund and Carers Trust for their support.
- Young carer choices fund application form – July 2021 [Word, 253kB]
- Young carer choices fund guidance notes – July 2021 [PDF, 94kB]
Supporting siblings to have time together
We know that for many brothers or sisters of children with disabilities or additional needs, they can miss out on breaks from their caring role, or on spending quality time with their sibling. Through our team of trained workers, we are able to provide these children with a much-needed break and fun opportunities – this could range from supporting them to do a fun activity together with their brothers or sisters such as baking or cooking, to taking the young carer out to do a fun activity (e.g. trampolining, bowling, or even just going for a milkshake). If you know any young carers involved in helping to look after a brother of sister who could benefit, get in touch.
Support during the coronavirus crisis
How we can help you
We offer a range of support to young carers in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk which includes:
- Carer breaks – giving you a break from your caring role, either on your own, with other young carers, or time together with your family through our BBC Children in Need funded Free To Be Me Project.
- A specialist carer helpline that can give information and advice to you and your family about all the support available to you.
- Help with planning ahead.
- Carer Friendly Tick – supporting schools, colleges and other organisations to become more carer friendly.
- Young carer voice – giving you the opportunity to have your voices heard and listened to on a local, regional and national level.
- Providing information about bursaries and grants available to you or your family.
You can find out more about what is available to you and young carers by calling our specialist carer advice line on 0345 241 0954 or you can email [email protected]
Explore more about our activities and services below.
Find out more and to sign up to receive the latest information
You can simply call our specialist carer helpline on 0345 241 0954 or email [email protected]
- Carers Matter Norfolk – provide support to young carers and their families across Norfolk – Find out more
- Centre 33 – provides assessment and support to all young carers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – Find out more
- Rethink: Siblings Support – When your brother or sister is experiencing mental health or emotional problems – Find out more
- Sibs – Sibs is the UK charity for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults – Find out more