Support for Young Carers
Are you a young carer?
A young carer is under 18 years old, or has reached the age of 18 years and remains a pupil at school. A young person may become a young carer as the result of a family member’s illness, disability, mental health problems, or the misuse of drugs or alcohol in the home. Young carers may help someone with:
- Cooking, housework or shopping.
- Getting dressed and moving around.
- Giving emotional support.
- Managing the family budget or paying bills.
- Communicating or accompanying them to appointments.
- Help to care for siblings.
With so many adult responsibilities, young carers can face many challenges and caring can have an impact on their life including school or college, socialising with friends and how they are feeling emotionally.
Support for Young Carers
A Young Carer Statement will enable you as a Young Carer to express your feelings and needs and find out what impact your caring responsibilities have on your life and aims to support you in your caring role.
The Young Carer Statement is completed by having a conversation with health, education, social work, Orkney Young Carers or someone you feel comfortable talking to in order to establish if it is appropriate for you to care for someone else.
The Young Carer Statement will identify your individual outcomes and what matters to you as a person such as:
- Details about the person you care for and support you provide.
- The impact caring has on your health and wellbeing.
- The extent that you are able and willing to provide care.
- The nature and extent of the care provided.
- Any support which is needed, either for you or the person you care for whether a short break is needed.
Following the Young Carers Statement discussion we will let you know whether you need input or resources from Orkney Health and Care. We use local eligibility criteria (Orkney Health and Care Local Carer Eligibility Criteria) to help us make this decision.
We will meet the needs of carers whose needs are Critical and Substantial. If you do not have needs that are Critical or Substantial we will give you information and advice, including what local support is available. This could include, for example, help from Orkney Young Carers.
For further information on Young Carers Statement please contact Orkney Health and Care on telephone 01856873535 or contact Orkney Young Carers using the contact details below.
Find out how the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 might affect you if you are a young carer from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.
Read the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 Jargon Buster for Young Carers available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.
Orkney Young Carers
Orkney Young Carers service provides advice and support to young carers, aged 8 onwards, through group work, one to one support, outreach work, drop-ins, information and support, advocacy and social opportunities to get away from their caring role and have fun!
If you would like more information about Orkney Young Carers you can do so in the following ways:
Pop into the carers centre next to Orkney Travel Centre, Kirkwall.
Visit their Website, Facebook page and watch their YouTube clip from the links in the 'Related Sites' section of this page.