West Berkshire Council

Young Carers

Help and advice for young carers in West Berkshire

Are you aged 5-18?

Do you help look after someone in your family?

We can help...

Young carers are children and young people under 18 who take on caring tasks and responsibilities within their family that most of us only do as adults. The person you care for could be a parent, grandparent, a brother, sister or a family friend.

The person you look after may have a physical disability, a progressive disease, a mental health difficulty or a substance misuse problem.

It can be rewarding to care and help your family cope but you should still be able to relax and have some fun, which is what West Berkshire's Young Carers Project is all about.

We can help by...

  • giving you time out from caring
  • linking you up with other young carers
  • making it easier to get out to clubs and leisure activities
  • listening to you and helping you voice how you feel

Find out more about our pdf icon Young Carers Project [1Mb].

Contacting the Young Carers Project

A young carer can contact our friendly team directly to talk about how we can help.

A family friend concerned about a young carer can make initial contact on behalf of the young person.

A GP, Care Manager or other professional can also contact us.