Somerset County Council provides support, advice and respite breaks for children and young people under 18 who have substantial caring responsibilities at home.

Our definition of a Young Carer is: if you are under 18 and look after someone by providing substantial and regular care that persists over time and is important in maintaining the health, safety or day-to-day well-being of the person cared for and the wider family.

The types of tasks being carried out are often regular and substantial, which would usually be associated with an adult. The term does not apply for everyday and occasional help around the home that may often be expected of or given by children in families.

This could be helping to care for a physically disabled parent or sibling, or a parent experiencing mental ill health, alcohol or drug misuse. The caring role would usually be having a detrimental impact on the young person’s development, such as difficulties at school, emotional difficulties or social isolation.

We aim to:

  • Identify and support young people with caring responsibilities
  • Promote recognition and awareness of their needs and achievements
  • Work alongside other agencies to develop schemes and services which support young carers

We can help you in a number of ways:

  • Answer your questions and give you advice on anything you need to know
  • Give you useful information, which can help you and your family
  • Introduce you to other young people who are in similar situations to you
  • Speak out for you, making sure that your feelings and wishes are heard
  • We run regular groups, where you can take part in exciting and new activities, have a break from home life, and have fun with friends
  • We provide trips and activities during the year that can also give you a break and support from your caring role
  • We can talk to your school about what being a young carer means for you
  • We can signpost you to other organisations that can support you

Anyone under 18 in a substantial and regular caring role can be referred.

The service is free, although contributions are sometimes asked for, to help with the cost of a trip or activity.

All referrals must be sent to our Customer Contact Children’s Team and completed using an early help assessment.
To find out more phone Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224.

Somerset Young Carers Groups

These groups are accessible for any young carer in Somerset, you do not need to be formally assessed as a ‘young carer’ to attend, but we do require signed parent/carer consent so Somerset County Council can share relevant information with other professionals as appropriate.

West Somerset
Minehead EYE
Lead Worker: Andy Westcott
Phone 01643 703155

South Somerset
Preston Road Methodist Church, Cedar Grove, Yeovil BA21 3JR
Lead Worker: Corrin Liska
Phone 07495 548049

Pilton Village Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Pilton, Shepton Mallett BA4 4BB
Lead Worker: Chiara Docherty

George Williams Centre, Friarn Avenue, Bridgwater, TA6 3RF
Lead Worker: Alli Waller
Phone: 01934 629787 or 07395 797843

YMCA, Lisieux Way, Taunton TA1 2LB
Phone: 01823 274667
Lead Worker: Sarah Milton

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