Young Carers in Southampton is a project for children and young people aged 8-18 years old whose lives are affected by caring for an unwell or disabled family member.

A young carer is a child or young person who cares for a person who may have a physical or learning disability, mental ill health, chronic illness or have difficulties with drug/alcohol use.

Through the Young Carers in Southampton project we offer information, advice and support around being a young carer, in addition to fortnightly group sessions and holiday activities that will give you the opportunity to meet and make friends with other young carers who are in a situation similar to yourself. There are plenty of activities to take part in, and you’ll be supported to get involved in the group in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you.

For more information about Young Carers in Southampton and how you, or a young person you know, can access support, email or phone 02380 224 224.

Want to find out more about what it means to be a Young Carer? Our Young Carers have written a poem to give an insight into the life of a Young Carers – click here to read the poem.

To read the Southampton Strategy for Unpaid Carers and Young Carers, click here.

Aged 18 or above?

Any young person approaching or already 18 years old can access support, guidance, signposting, information, carer’s cards and statutory carers’ assessments. which can sometimes lead to a small budget that does not affect statutory benefits, from Carers in Southampton. To find out more, you can phone 02380 582 387 email or visit

Further Resources:

We’ve come up with a list of useful websites and online resources that our Youth workers have recommended to help support you if you’re a young carer:

Carers UK – Free expert advice, information and support for carers, making sure that you don’t have to care alone. Phone: 0808 808 777 Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm or email

Children’s Society – support for children and young people going through life challenges such as abuse, exploitation and neglect.

Young Sibs – a support service for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults.

With thanks to our funders and partners

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