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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Young carers advice

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend  who has a mental or physical illness, is disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. This care might be occasional or very substantial, such as helping someone with their personal tasks every day.

Being a young carer can be hard. Your life as a young carer may mean having to sacrifice socialising, in order to fulfil your caring role. Your school work may get behind, or you may struggle to concentrate in lessons.  

Young carers

Things to remember

  • there are other people in the same situation as you
  • it’s important to get some support for yourself
  • you don't need to feel guilty for wanting time to yourself, or to spend it with your friend
  • don't keep your worries to yourself
  • remember how important you are


Who can help you?

It will seem daunting to talk about this with a friend, teacher or someone outside of the family. This step could make life much easier for you though. There are lots of people who could offer you support and advice - teachers / tutors, student welfare, school nurses or counsellors, GP's, social workers, youth leaders and other people you trust.  Please see below for some contacts:

Homegroup Young Carers Service

0300 304 5530




Spurgeons Young Carers

Birmingham Young Carers Unite

 St George's Community Hub

 Great Hampton Row



 B19 3JG

0121 227 7000




Release Young Carers Project

 Sutton Coldfield YMCA

 George Williams House

 Watson Close

 St Bernards Roads

 Sutton Coldfield

 B72 1LE


Tel: 0121 354 5614



Birmingham Young Carer's Hub

0333 006 9711



Carers Trust Solihull


Young Carers, aged 5 – 18 years


Young Adult Carers, aged 18 – 24 years

0121 788 1143

Email: centre@solihullcarers.org



Carers Trust

0844 800 4361



Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service

0300 5000 927

Email: advice@rethink.org



Carers Uk

0808 808 7777

Email: advice@carersuk.org