Young carers are children who look after someone within their family home. This may be a parent, brother, sister or other family member who has an illness, physical or learning disability, a mental health illness or misuse of drugs or alcohol. A young carer usually takes on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
Support for young carers
The Young Carers team offer support to young carers aged from 5 - 18 years.
Following a referral, a young carer will be offered an assessment of their caring role to look at what support may be required. The assessment is about exploring the young person’s caring role along with other areas of their life such as school, friendships and what they like doing. This gives the Young Carer team a good understanding of how they may be able to support. Where appropriate, the team will be able to offer a break away from their caring role, which may be school holiday activities and/or term time groups. The assessment also helps to see if other local services would be more relevant to support the young carer and their family.
To make an online referral, please go to: Young carer referral form
Alternatively, please call the office to request a copy of the referral form or to discuss a potential referral.
Swindon Carers Centre
Address: Swindon Carers Centre, Sanford House Sanford Street, Swindon SN1 1QH
Phone: 01793 531133 or 01793 401091