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Welcome to Kent Young Carers

Kent Young Carers is a project to support all young carers aged 5-18 across Kent with information, advice, signposting, social activities and individual support.

Do you remember your childhood school holidays? The days in the park with friends, trips to the zoo with family or just being a child and not having a care in the world? For many this is just a dream, for they are Young Carers, our hidden army of children from the age of just 5 years old who have responsibilities for their family.

Becoming a Young Carer could happen to any child, at any time. If a sibling is born with a condition, a parent has an accident or grandparent develops dementia - all could lead to that young person's world changing.

Young Carers being supported by the work of Kent Young Carers and East Sussex Young Carers are aged 5-18. They are caring for a family member or someone at home who has a disability, a long-term condition, mental health issues or drug/alcohol misuse issues. The tasks they take on can be practical such as looking after siblings whilst Mum is unwell to cooking the family meals. Or they could be emotional if Dad's depression is bad again, or the treatment a sibling is having is not going well. Often the caring role is a combination of the two.

Kent Young Carers and East Sussex Young Carers would like to be able to offer the chance to be children again to the 3,000 Young Carers we currently work with. With a conservative estimate of there being over 17,000 Young Carers across the two counties, our work is by no means at an end.

Who is a young carer?

If you support someone who would otherwise struggle to look after themselves without your help - mum, dad, brother, sister... and you are aged 5-18 then you are a young carer.

"Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole."

What we do

Kent Young Carers (KYC) is here for you!

Through our Kent Young Carers Hub you will access information, advice and guidance. For example we can advise on the Young Person’s Travel Pass which is free to all young carers from when they start secondary school until they are 18 provided they are in education.

Young carers will have the opportunity to socialize with other young carers because it is important to know they are not alone in this situation. Chill Clubs are KYC clubs for young carers which run in every district on a regular basis. Young carers will also be invited to fun trips and events during the year.

Please look at our pages to find out more. We would love to hear from you, so give us a call on
0300 111 111 0 (local rate)
or email info@kentyoungcarers.org.uk