That person may be ill, have a physical or learning disability, or a mental health, drug or alcohol problem.
Changes to the Young Carers Service
As some of you might already know, Carers in Hertfordshire's Young Carers Service is changing.
From the start of April 2012 we will be doing things differently, the main focus of the service will be to work with children, young people and their families to help them find support locally to reduce the amount of caring the young carers have to do.
Why is it changing?
We have been asked to make changes to part of the Young Carers Service that is funded by Hertfordshire County Council and NHS Hertfordshire.
We agree that by making these changes 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 will the new service work?
Our staff will 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 will 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.
Young Carers Councils and Conference
There will still be chances for young carers to have your say on the things that matter most to them, through the Young Carers Councils and the Young Carers Conference. For more information about these opportunities, please visit the Young Carers Project website.
You can download the report from the 2011 Young Carers Conference and a copy of the most recent newsletter from the project below.