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Young Carers

What is a young carer?

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps to care for a family member, relative or friend. As many as 1 in 5 children and young people are young carers in the UK.  


A young carer might support a family member at home who has a disability or a long-term illness. Without this help, they would struggle or not be able to cope.


Young carers often do a lot of helpful things, such as: 

  • Cook and prepare meals 
  • Help with the shopping 
  • Clean around the house 
  • Manage medicines or money 
  • Give personal care 
  • Help their special person move and get out of the house 
  • Look after their siblings 
  • Give emotional support  
  • Keep an eye on things generally 


At Park View we recognise the importance of Young Carers and the extra pressure it may put on their school day. We have a weekly Young Carers Club run by Mrs Sharp where the children get a chance to spend time with other Young Carers, eat lunch together and get involved in different games and activities. Its an opportunity for the children to talk if needed, take a break, have fun and just be a child. 


If you know a Young Carer who could use a little support, please contact Clare Sharp, our Family Support Worker on the  email below.


Please find details and a link to Basingstoke Young Carers below.



Who We Are

Basingstoke & District Young Carers, a registered Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO), is dedicated to addressing the unique challenges faced by young carers (aged 8 to 18), in the Basingstoke & Deane district. With an estimated 700,000 young carers nationwide (though the actual number may be higher), these resilient young people, shoulder caregiving responsibilities that impact their lives in profound ways.