A carer can be any age. A young carer is a child or young person aged 8-18 who helps in lots of ways to look after someone at home. That person might be an adult or child who has a long-term illness, a disability, a mental health problem or a problem related to drugs or alcohol.
Some young carers may have to do more than others, but their lives are still affected in both negative and positive ways.
If you are a young carer the first step to getting support is to talk to an adult you trust, for example a family member or a teacher.
SNPT Crossroads runs a Young Carers Project. (Telephone: 01792 846351). They offer Young Carers a break from the caring role to meet other young carers who understand. They also provide support and advocacy, as well as activities.
Neath Port Talbot Carers Service (Telephone: 01639 642277) has a project which works to support young adult carers aged 18 to 25 years old.
For more information, please download our information booklet.