Young Carers

A young carer is someone aged 25 and under who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support. Older young carers are also known as young adult carers and they may have different support needs to younger carers.

Find support

As a young carer, you can go to Carer’s Trust for support. Carers Trust helps young carers cope with their role through specialist services delivered by its network of local carer organisations across the UK.

Your rights – Transition to Adulthood

This factsheet describes how the Care Act supports people moving from children’s to adult care and support services. Factsheet 11: The Care Act – transition for children to adult care and support (

Planning for transition

The transition to adulthood is a time when young people and their families are thinking about their aspirations for the future. If people are likely to have care and support needs when they are 18, they need information and advice so that they can make the necessary plans.

The Act says that if a young carer is likely to have needs when they, or the child they care for, turns 18, the local authority must assess them if it considers there is “significant benefit” to the individual in doing so. This is regardless of whether the individual currently receives any services.

If you are a young carer of someone living in Oxfordshire, and are approaching your 18th birthday, contact us, Carers Oxfordshire for an assessment.

Activities for Young Carers

Youthlab: Theatre Club

Youthlab Theatre Club is open to young carers aged 13 to 18 years.

The Theatre Club meet monthly and has dinner together before watching a show at The North Wall in Summertown. There is no pressure to attend every month, and it is completely free. If transport is a problem, they may be able to help.

To apply fill out this form.
If you have any questions email

A UK-based charity that exists to support young carers aged between 5 and 25

Opportunities to unwind, experience new things and meet other young carers on our activity days

Fun breaks away at our R & R Retreat Centre on the Jurassic Coast

An online youth group where you can come together with other young carers

Support to your school so that they can better support you

An Employability Programme to help you find your way into further education, training or work

Be Free Young Carers (BFYC)

BFYC provides advice and guidance, befriending and peer support, enabling young carers to meet socialise and have fun, increasing their self-confidence and improving their mental well-being. They work with schools and families to help to alleviate the isolation, anxiety and stress that so many young carers experience. They also work with local schools to educate and offer guidance from referrals to respite opportunities. They are a not-for-profit charity and not government-funded, relying solely on donations and fundraising.

We support young Carers aged 8 to 17 years old, who are impacted by caring and Live or attend school/college within either South Oxfordshire or Oxford City Districts.

01235 838554 (9am – 5:30pm, Monday to Friday) email: web

Who Cares

Who Cares began in 2016 when The Lowry and Salford Young Carers Service commissioned a new production from the theatre company LUNG that would shine a light on the untold stories of young carers in Salford.

Nearly 200 unidentified carers were signposted to local services for support and the show was performed in the House of Lords. 

Life as a young carer: “You have the entire world on your shoulders”
1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave

Further information for young carers

Carers Trust:
Know Your Rights document from Carers Trust covering assessments, support and information for young carers.