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Information and advice for young people in Suffolk

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Young carers in Suffolk

Help and support for young carers

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Under 18? Caring for an adult or a child?

If the answer is yes, you may be a 'young carer'.

You might be providing care for different reasons, like physical illness, disability, mental health, learning difficulties, or misuse of drugs or alcohol.

Watch the video above called 'Out of the woods'.

The video is a short animation about the lives of young carers.

Sometimes it's hard

Most people want to help a parent, brother, sister or other family member when they can't do things for themselves.

This could be helping them with shopping, cooking, checking medicine, washing or dressing them.

Sometimes looking after a family member can be hard.

It can take up a lot of your time, and stop you from seeing your friends and doing the things you want to do.

It might make you tired at school or college. 

As a young carer you can feel lonely caring for a parent or relative.

You may not have the time to spend on social media chatting with your friends.

Research shows that this can make young carers be a victim of cyberbullying.

Where to go for help and support as a young carer

Suffolk Family Carers offer all young carers information and support to help make their lives better.

They run groups in Ipswich, Bury and Lowestoft where you can meet with other young carers.

To find out more call their Suffolk Young Carers helpline on 01473 835430.

The video below called 'Westley Middle School young carers', was created with Suffolk Family Carers.

It helps raise awareness of supporting young carers in school.

Other useful support

The Max Card is a discount card for young carers and their families to help with days out.

The Carers Trust Website has information and advice if you are a young carer. 

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