Young Carers

 Are you a young carer or do you know someone who could be?


For a number of years  Young  Devon has been supporting Young Carers aged between 5 to 18yrs  from across the South Hams and West Devon area. Currently we have 470 young carers registered with the project. 


Definition of a Young Carer - Children under 18 regularly caring for a family member who is mentally or physically ill, has a disability, or drug or alcohol problem.


Young carers often take on practical and or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.  



  • Practical tasks – cooking, housework & shopping

  • Physical care- lifting, up the stairs & physiotherapy

  • Personal care - dressing, washing & toileting

  • Managing - family budget,  collecting prescriptions

  • Giving medication 

  • Looking after or parenting younger siblings

  • Giving emotional support, keeping someone company

  • Ensuring safety

  • Interpreting, due to hearing or speech impairment


 Some Young Carers experience



  •  Isolation &  feel anxious or stressed

  • Can be bullied at school

  • Feelings of conflict and  anger

  • Find it difficult to make friends or keep them due to having to care

  • Struggle at times to stay on top of their homework or concentrate at school

  • Can have limited social life

  • Feel  that they are different to others

  • Problems moving into adulthood  e.g. going to college, university or own accommodation.  


What we offer a range of support including :



  • Assessment to identify needs and  create an action plan

  • 1. 2 .1  support – Opportunity to talk to someone confidently

  • Opportunity to have fun and meet other young carers at monthly group  and  activities.

  • Signpost / referral to other services.

  • Advocacy.

  • Quarterly newsletter. 


To contact Katherine Weedal (Project Manager/Lead Practitioner for Young Carers) please ring: 07966 581810 
Or email: katherine.weedall@youngdevon.org

To contact Charlie Cruise (Young Carers Support Worker) please ring: 07525 225561
Or email: charlie.cruise@youngdevon.org

Contact Young Carers

Tel: 01752 698402
Email: youngcarers@youngdevon.org

Young Carers is based here:

Central Office
10 Erme Road
Ivybridge
PL21 0AB

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