Support for carers

If you are aged 18 years old or younger and you help out looking after a relative, then you may be a young carer.

The person you look after could be your mum, dad, brother, sister, a grandparent or even a close friend. They could have a physical illness or disability, mental health difficulties, sensory or learning disability or have a problematic use of drugs or alcohol. 

You may:

  • help with the care of that person
  • help to keep your household running because your parent is not able to
  • cook family meals
  • ensure your siblings get to school on time
  • do shopping and cleaning.

Whatever you do, you will playing a vital role in providing the help and support that your mum, dad, brother, sister or relative needs.

As a young carer your life may be significantly affected by your caring role. You may find it difficult to cope and are:

  • struggling with school work
  • sometimes missing school because you are needed or worried about your relative at home
  • finding it difficult to talk about your life
  • finding it difficult to spend time with friends
  • worried that you may be separated from your family if someone finds out what you have to do
  • isolated and feel alone
  • feeling frustrated and depressed.

You may not realise it but you are not alone, there are so many young carers in Brent.

Brent Gateway Partnership is a new service led by Age UK Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon with support from Harrow Mencap and Capable Communities.

The new partnership will provide a range of services such as young carer activities, trips, and events during term time and school holidays as well as opportunities to come together and network.

They also carry out Early Help Assessments (EHAs) and provide advocacy support and champion young carers’ rights.

You can contact them on 020 3948 0600, info@brentgateway.org.