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Young Carers Service

Young Carers are children and young people under the age of 18, who care for a family member who may have a long-term physical or mental illness or disability, misuse substance or have an additional need.

Are you a Young Carer?

You are if your caring role includes one or more of the following:

Emotional support – sitting and listening to the person you care for

Household jobs – extra domestic chores such as cleaning, cooking, washing up, shopping and ironing

Medical care – helping with medicine and injections

Personal care – helping with washing, dressing, feeding or taking them to the toilet

Physical care – helping the person to move around the house or go out.

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Young Carers often have additional challenges to contend with, like being bullied for having a caring role, missing school to help at home, having difficulty concentrating at school or completing homework. 


We work in schools throughout Sutton and with families to increase awareness of your challenges and help you through difficult times.


Having a caring role can be demanding.  It might mean missing out on social or leisure activities such as going out with friends.  Maybe you like to keep your home-life private, because of lack of time or money, difficulty getting to and from activities, or having to be there for the person you care for.   Whatever the reason, it can result in feeling lonely and like you don't have anyone to talk to.  

We hold regular peer support session so you don't feel alone.  Full group details and dates are on each YC page.


Spending lots of time worrying about the person you care for can result in feeling stressed and worried about how you will be able to manage your daily routine as well as your caring responsibilities.

We can support you and there are lots of resources out there to help too.  

talk to us

If you think you are a Young Carer, or you are the parent / guardian of a young person you think has a caring role, complete a self-referral form.


If you work with a Young Carer, complete our professionals referral form.


Please call us first if you would like to discuss this on

020 296 5611.

Meet the team

Find your space

Young Carers 8+

This is your space for groups & activities, support,

and latest YC news!

Young Carers 18-25

You can access support and services from the Adult Carers as well as YC staff with regular online peer support sessions. 

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Young Carers 14+

Get involved in Peer Support, find out activity dates and the latest news to help you balance caring with education, work and life.

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This is your space to find out how to contact us and make a referral. 

Did you know...

There are at least 800,000 Young Carers in the UK


27% of Young Carers aged 11 – 15 miss school regularly


39% of Young Carers said nobody in their school was even aware of their caring responsibilities


1 in 3 Young Carers have their own mental health condition


Out of 177,918 identified young carers in England and Wales. 1 in 8 of those were aged under eight.


Young Carers are known to have significantly lower educational attainment than their peers.


To get up to speed, please read The Big Ask survey results here.

Upcoming activities

  • Multiple Dates
    04 Oct, 16:00 – 17:30
    Sutton Carers Centre, Benhill house, 12-14 Benhill Ave, Sutton SM1 4DA, UK
    A space to connect with other Young Carers, talk, get support and advice.
  • 30 Nov, 16:00 – 17:30
    Sutton Carers Centre, Benhill house, 12-14 Benhill Ave, Sutton SM1 4DA, UK
    To champion the rights of Young Carers and raise awareness of the impact of caring

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