Dorset Young Carers Service

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About Organisation

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who looks after or helps to look after someone. It might be your mum or dad, grandparent, brother or sister or a close relative. This often means doing things like cooking, cleaning, shopping, giving medication or just talking and helping when the person you care about is feeling sad. Looking after someone takes up a lot of time and it can sometimes be very difficult to cope with everything. School, friends and doing things you enjoy can sometimes be hard to fit in. We have lots of useful stuff here that can help you understand what caring for someone is all about and how you can get help.

Help and support

I think I might be a young carer, who can I talk to?

You can talk to a parent, a family member that you trust, a teacher or trusted member of staff at your school. You can also talk to your doctor. It might be helpful for you to note down some of the things that you do on a daily basis for the person you look after and think about how this is affecting you.

You can also talk to us. We have a team of kind and supportive carer advisers who you can contact by email or phone. They can talk you through what we can do for you and signpost you to places for any support you might need.

If you aren’t quite ready to chat to us, that’s ok, sometimes it can be difficult to open up to people you don’t know. There are some useful guides below to have a look into that might help you in the meantime. Then, when you’re ready, give us a call or drop us an email.

The Children’s Society
Being a young carer (NHS)
Young Minds

To get in contact please email:

Dorset Young Carers Service
01305 225 677

9 Nimrod Way
Wimborne, BH21 7UH…
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