Young Carers

It is estimated that there are approximately 177,000 identified Young Carers who are children and young people under the age of 18, who provide some level of unpaid care to another family member. And they can sometimes be as young as 5 years old.

Young Carers are children and young people under 18, whose lives are restricted in some way because of the need for them to give care to another person (usually a family member) who is ill, has a disability, is experiencing mental ill health, is affected by alcohol or drug misuse, or HIV/AIDS.

And the difference between young carers and other young people who help in the home is that young carers are often responsible for someone else in their family – in a way that most other young people aren’t.

What Young Carers could be doing? 

  • Domestic tasks washing, shopping, cooking, cleaning
  • General care, giving medicine, assisting with mobility
  • Intimate care washing, bathing
  • Childcare – looking after brothers and sisters
  • Emotional support listening, helping other family members to feel OK

What’s the effect?

  • Feeling “different” and isolated from their friends / peer group
  • Lack of time for homework, play, sport or leisure activities
  • Feeling that no-one understands or listens
  • Conflict between their needs and those of the person for whom they are caring, leading to possible feelings of resentment Health problems including headaches, stress related illnesses, lack of sleep, stress, anxiety
  • Underachievement at school

What support do we offer Young Carers?

We offer FREE monthly events and activities to our Young Carers and offer Saturday Club activities for children aged between 5 and 18 years who look after a parent or sibling with an additional need.  For an idea of our previous trips, take a look at the Young Carer Saturday Club Activity Form 2016

Recent events have included:-

  • Sailing Holiday
  • Young Carer’s Festival
  • Adventure Island
  • Southend United Football Club

We don’t receive any statutory funding for any of these activities and they have only been possible because of the continued support of our volunteers and the generosity of local groups and businesses who have so kindly supported us.

We would like to say a huge thank you to:-

  • Olympus Keymed
  • Heritage Trust
  • Inner Wheel
  • Leigh & Thorpe Bay Rotary
  • Masons
  • Halifax Building Society

We have secured donations in the past from many sources including from the Leigh Lions Saturday Club  and Leigh Rotary.

The Friends of The Forum fundraising team are continuing to hold events to support ALL the Forums’ activities for adults and children.

We would not be able to run these events without your support and generosity so we owe you all a big thank you.

Please let us know if you would like to make a kind donation by emailing us at