Young adult carers

Young adult carers

Who are young adult carers?

A young adult carer is a young person, aged between 16-25 who takes on a caring role for a family member who has a disability, long-term illness, mental illness (including depression, anxieties) or drug/alcohol substance misuse.

Supporting young adult carers

Our project supports young people between the ages of 16-25 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Within Cambridgeshire the project is commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council, and within Peterborough the project funded by Peterborough City Council.

We work with young adult carers to support and maintain their emotional and physical wellbeing. Enabling them to build up their confidence, social skills, and future planning especially in to education, employment and training opportunities.

We work with young adult carers around:

  • Targeted individual support
  • Making the transition into adulthood
  • Emergency planning
  • Whole family support
  • Providing young adult carers with the opportunity for their voices to be heard on a local and national level through our Carer Voice initiatives
  • Helping young adult carers and their families to access grants
  • Accessing a Transition’s Assessment or Carer’s Assessment
  • Accessing peer support and other social opportunities in order to help reduce isolation
  • Supporting colleges, universities and employers to be carer friendly.


We accept referrals from professionals, family members, as well as self-referrals. Click here to find out more or to make a referal.

Contact Us

If you would like to chat about support you may need or want to have to help you with education, employment, training – or anything else, please get in touch with us on 01480 499090 or [email protected]

Page last modified: 27 February 2020

What you said

  • Before the support from STRIVE, I felt so lost and alone. Battling with Anxiety and Depression myself as well as caring for a loved one at the same time proved to be really hard. Since getting the support from STRIVE, I have made dramatic progress in a short space of time! Through the support on offer I went and saw my GP and got help. Knowing that someone is always there to listen and not judge me really took me to a brighter place and now I’m holding a full-time job and I can leave the house without the fear of being judged or attacked for being me. I am #proudtobe a young carer! Thank you Carers Trust Cambridgeshire for ALL the support over the last year, you have changed my life!

    Young Adult Carer, 19
  • I have been caring for my mum who has multiple sclerosis since I can remember. I do a lot of her day-to-day personal care, which helps free my dad up to look after the house and my two younger sisters. My young carers group has helped me to regain some of my confidence that I lost due to being bullied at school and has helped me to cope with my caring situation at home. I know that when I have a problem, no matter how big or small it is, I can contact the young carers office who will talk to me about whatever is upsetting/affecting me. Over the last year, I have been part of the Time to be Heard steering group which is helping to campaign and raise the profile of young adult carers like me, in the media. This is an opportunity that I would not have had if it wasn’t for The Co-operative. Thank you for all your support, your fundraising is helping to keep young carer groups like mine running. Without support like yours we wouldn’t be getting the help we need.

    Kylie, 17