We care because you do

Carer Support Dorset is a local charity that supports carers of over 18s, including young carers.

Our friendly team understand how hard it can be if you look after or help to look after someone in your family.  Your friends or the other kids at school probably have a very different life to you and you may not get the same spare time to do homework or time to spend doing the things you enjoy.  That’s why we are here.

If you are a young carer you are in the right place, we can tell you about organisations that may be able to help you.

Read the NHS Commitment to Carers and watch their Young Carer video here.

What does a young carer do?

A young carer is someone under 18 who looks after someone. It might be a parent, grandparent, sibling or close relative. Young carers often provide practical and emotional support such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, personal care and medication as well as simply being there for company and love.

Young carers can find that looking after someone takes up a lot of their time; it can sometimes be very difficult for them to cope with everything. School work and attendance may suffer as well as finding time for their friends and other activities.

How we help

Working with Dorset Council, schools, colleges, community groups and partners we can put you in touch with charities and other organisations that can help you with your caring role.