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A young carer is a young person who gives regular care and emotional support to a parent, brother or sister, or someone else in the family.
There are many reasons why young people do this caring:
- the person they care for may have physical disabilities
- the person could have learning difficulties
- the person may have mental health problems, for example being depressed
- the person may have a problem with alcohol or drugs.
Being a young carer isn’t all about hard work. Many young carers say how proud they are to be carers. However, sometimes it can be hard for a young carer to find time to relax away from home.
Barnet Young Carers
Barnet Young Carers is an organisation with friendly, helpful workers who are there to offer support and advice to any young carers in Barnet, aged from 5 to 18 years old. You can find more information on their website or contact them by:
Telephone: 0203 995 1090
Clubs and outings
BYCAS run two free clubs, one for younger children and one for teenagers, and they can arrange transport in a mini-bus to help you get to the clubs.
At the clubs, there are things to do, it can be a great place for young carers to have some time to relax and also mix with other young carers.
Young people can confidentially talk to a trained counsellor during BYCAS club days/nights. They also run trips out for the family, and day breaks.
BYCAS has a schools worker who gives support in some schools in Barnet.