Young Carers are children and young people who care for a member of their family.

That person may be ill, have a physical or learning disability, or a mental health, drug or alcohol problem.
 

Young Carers Service

From the start of April 2012 we have been doing things differently. The main focus of the service is to work with children, young people and their families to help them find support locally to reduce the amount of caring young carers have to do.

We were asked to make changes to part of the Young Carers Service that is funded by Hertfordshire County Council and NHS  Hertfordshire. This means we can help more young carers and make a bigger difference to their lives. We are pleased that their commitment to young carers continues and that the level of funding remains the same.
 

How does the service work?

Our staff visit young carers and their families in their homes so that they can understand the caring situation and find out what sort of help the family might need. They then work with other organisations like Hertfordshire County Council to find support from local services to reduce the amount of caring the young person has to do.
 

Breaks and activities

Many of you will know the project through the breaks and activities we have provided.
We know that these are very important to young carers and we will be fundraising, so that we can continue to provide them in the future.

To take part, you will need to fill in an Annual Consent Form, which you can download at the bottom of this page.
 

Young Carers Councils and Conference

Young carers can have their say on the things that matter most to them through the Young Carers' Councils and at our annual Young Carers Conference. Visit our news pages to find out the latest stories from young carers.

For more details see our dedicated website for young carers at www.ycih.org.
 

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