Help For Young Carers

5 July 2010, 12:51 | Updated: 5 July 2010, 13:12

There are six million carers in the UK - many feel completely overwhelmed and taken for granted.

Young carers are children or young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, a mental health problem or a substance misuse problem. They may be taking on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that an adult would normally do.

Councillor Royston Smith Deputy Leader of Southampton City Council said: “Southampton City Council is working closely with a number of carer organisations and charities to provide some quality time and help for our carers.

“Carers can be any age from children to senior citizens and all deserve our deepest thanks. Together we are putting on a number of fun activities where carers can bring along the person they care for. It is a chance for them to enjoy a break, relax, pick up some advice and meet other carers. It is important for carers to realise they are not alone and we are all here to help and support them.”

For more information on young carers click here