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Young Carers

Types of support available

The young carers service provided by York Carers Centre supports young people aged 5 to 18 years who are helping to look after someone at home. You might be helping look after a brother or sister, parent or grandparent with an illness, disability, mental health problem or a problem with alcohol/ drugs.

LAFFS – Laughs, advice, fun, friendship and support groups

Youth clubs, just for young carers! Young Carers are split into groups with others who are the same age. At LAFFS you can play games, make things, bake thing, sit around and relax, and just have some fun!


Lots of trips and events for young carers to attend. They are usually in the school holidays but can sometimes be on evenings or weekends. The events are a chance for young carers to have a break from their caring role, meet some other new young carers and to try out new things and places.


York Carers Centre offers 1:1 support to those young carers who are going through an especially tough time with their caring role. It’s a chance to talk through any problems and find ways of making things better. It usually involves a cup of tea.

School Drop-in’s

York Carers Centre holds lunch time drop in sessions at some schools. It’s a chance to catch up with staff and the other young carers at your school. If you are a school who would like to hold a drop in, please contact the York Carers Centre.

Discount Card

When you register with York Carers Centre as a young carer you will get a discount card.

Carers Emergency Card

If you support someone who is over 18 you may also be able to get a Carers Emergency Card

Young Carers Revolution

Young Carers Revolution (YCR) provides empowerment and influence to young carers and young adult carers (5 to 25 years) in York. Its purpose is to proactively influence services provided for them by statutory and third sector organisations. Although administered by York Carers Centre the group has its own autonomy and sets its own agenda for projects and campaign themes.

YCR is open to all young carers and young adult carers living in York. It is run by a team of volunteers and supported by York Carers Centre.

YCR has been around since 2009, and started their journey with an award winning media campaign, including a film that has been shown in every secondary school in York.

See the film here.

Since then YCR have gone on to develop a play which toured primary and secondary school in York and Darlington, educating children and young people about young carer issues. See the film on the YCR Youtube channel.


In January 2017 YCR created a new film titled ‘One day any day’ and gives an idea of a day in the life of a young carer. The film can be viewed on the right of this page or on their Youtube channel.

For more information please visit the YCR blog: or follow them on Twitter:

Last reviewed: 18/02/2019

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