Help for young carers

If you're under 18 and looking after a family member or friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol, get in touch to find out what kind of help you and your family can get.

To find out what help you can get, email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 668000.

A trained person from the council or an organisation we work with will chat to you and your parents about whether you want to carry on being a carer and how caring affects things like:

  • your life and wellbeing
  • your education, training or work
  • activities you take part in or want to take part in
  • your physical, mental and emotional health

If you're eligible for our help we'll agree with you what support you need and how your needs will be met.

The person you're caring for might be able to get help from us instead of relying on you to care for them.

Local support for young carers

Plymouth Young Carers

Get support and meet with other young carers every Tuesday at Efford Youth Centre. It's free to join but you need to have been referred by a professional such as your doctor, an educational psychologist, health visitor or your school. We'll send you a letter which will tell you when you can start with the group. You might be able to get a free taxi to get you to and from the centre.

Have a go at lots of fun activities like cooking, arts and crafts, sports, pool or gaming or just chill out! You can also take part in activities like ice skating, kayaking, cinema, ski lessons, and trips to Woodlands or the theatre during the school holidays and some weekends.

The young carers' project can:

  • make sure you're listened to
  • speak on your behalf at meetings and in school
  • talk with you about your situation
  • create a plan that focuses on you
  • help you build confidence, have fun and learn new ways to handle difficult situations.

There are two sessions held each week:

  • Tuesday from 6pm to 7.30pm for 8 to 13 year-olds
  • Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9pm for 13 to 19 year-olds

On the last Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm there's a Duke of Edinburgh session for 14 to 19 year-olds.

Fun and freedom club

Make friends with other young carers at the fun and freedom club.  The club meets one Saturday a month during term time and once a week during school holidays. They also organise trips and activity weekends. Joining the club is free.

Barnardo's

You can also get support from Barnardo's Young Carers Service.