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Support for young carers

If you are between 5 and 18 years and you spend a lot more time looking after a family member or carrying out household chores than other children/young people your age because a parent, brother, sister, grandparent or other relative is ill, disabled, has a mental illness, a learning disability or a problem with drugs or alcohol, then you are a young carer.

Click here for further information, including:

  • Young carers assessment

Additional support available

Young Carers Project

No. 5 Counselling Service


Your extra responsibilities may include..

  • Extra household chores like cleaning, cooking, shopping or laundry
  • Organising appointments or helping with medication
  • Looking after brothers and sisters or helping them with homework
  • Helping someone in your family with washing, dressing, getting in and out of bed because they can’t manage on their own
  • Supporting a relative after they have been drinking or using drugs
  • Supporting a relative when their mood is low
  • Looking after and/or playing with a sibling who has special needs to keep them calm.

Why you may need support..

Your extra responsibilities may:

  • cause you to fall behind with school work because you can’t attend, don’t get time to do your homework or you are too tired to concentrate
  • make it difficult for you to take part in after-school activities, play or meet with friends outside school or get time to yourself

You and your family may be eligible for support from social services - call the Early Help Team 0118 937 6545 to ask for a Young Carers Assessment.

What is a young carers assessment?

This involves talking to you, your parents (and anyone else you want to be involved) to understand your situation.

Your assessment will:

  • look at the impact your responsibilities have on your education, training and leisure opportunities
  • decide whether it is appropriate for you to continue providing this care
  • ask you if you want to carry on caring and, if so, how much support you are willing and able to provide
  • identify other services to support your family.

Contact the Early Help Team on 0118 937 6545 for details.

The Young Carers Project (including Stable Life).

Youth Clubs for young carers 5 - 9 years, 8 - 12 years and 12 - 19 years.

All sessions are at Fairview Youth Club (George Street, Reading, RG1 7RR) - transport can be arranged.

Email or call 0118 937 4003 for more details


Stable Life

This project offers young carers the chance to work with horses (alone or in a group) and members of the Stable Life team to develop new experiences and skills in team work, relationships, communication and emotional well-being.

Email or call 0118 937 4003 for a referral.

Some of the organisations that offer support.

No. 5 Counselling Service

Counselling offers a safe place to talk about the difficulties in your life. Counsellors are specially trained to listen and help you make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. They won’t judge you or tell you what to do.

No. 5 offers a free, confidential service for young people aged 10 to 25 who live or work in the Greater Reading area.

Call 0118 901 5668 to make an appointment.

For other enquires call 0118 901 5649 or email

Babble (developed by the Carers Trust) provides a safe and supportive online space for you to:

  • chat and share experiences with other young carers across the UK
  • get individual information and advice from the online support team by email or chat


Reading Youth

For information about events, activities and organisations for young people in Reading visit

Young Carer Aware e-learning course.

Although this course was designed to help other people understand the needs of young carers, it is also useful for young carers themselves.

Young Carer Aware has three bitesized modules plus a short test at the end to test your learning.

  • Young but not care free (20 mins)
  • Legislation and children's rights (11 mins)
  • Meeting the needs of young carers (10 mins)
  • Test your knowledge (10 mins)


Young Carer Aware



Carer Aware e-learning course

This e-learning course aims to help carers understand their rights and the support they are entitled to.

Carer Aware has three bite-sized modules plus a short test at the end to test your learning.

  • Who cares? (10 mins)
  • Carer’s legal rights (15 mins)
  • Meeting carers needs (15 mins)
  • Test your knowledge (5 mins)


Young Carer Aware

Digital Resource for all Carers.

Digital Resource for Carers

Find online courses, apps, information and advice for carers which can be accessed from a single web page.

Carers resources include:

  • Jointly: an app to help record and share important information for people sharing care
  • About me: online course to help you build support networks and take care of yourself
  • Being heard: a self-advocacy guide
  • Carers Rights Guide
  • Upfront Guide to Caring: for people new to caring
  • The role of good nutrition in caring - an e-learning course

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