Young Carers

If you are a young carer or know a young carer who needs support you can:

Our Easter holiday programme can be found here.

Here at Young Hackney, we recognise the hard work that goes into being a young carer. We are committed to supporting you along the journey whilst helping you enjoy your childhood.

Many young people don’t see themselves as young carers.

However, if you are looking after someone with a disability, long-term physical illness, mental health condition or drug and alcohol problems, then we can help.

The Young Hackney: Young Carers service is available for children and young people in Hackney aged 6-19, or up to 25 years if a young person has a special educational need and/or a disability.

We recognise that all caring experiences are different therefore we work together to create a personalised plan for you and your family.

This plan could include:

  • Opportunities to take part in fun, free activities
  • Trips exclusively for you and other young carers (designed by Young Carers)
  • Spaces to meet and connect with other young carers
  • Dedicated one-to-one support with a Young Hackney worker
  • Support groups in school to allow you to get the most out of your education
  • Advocacy in knowing your rights

Other services for Young Carers

  • Renaissance Foundation runs a three-year bespoke programme for Young Carers aged 13 – 16 which is focused on strengthening resilience, developing soft skills and raising ambitions.
  • There is a separate service for Young Adult Carers provided by the City & Hackney Carers Centre. For more information, please visit their website.
  • YCDT (The Young Carers Development Trust) is a national charity which tackles the lack of opportunity experienced by many young carers due to their caring responsibilities. You can find out more about the projects they offer on their website.

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