A young carer is somebody under the age of 18 who takes on the responsibility of supporting family members who cannot manage on their own. This may be due to illness, disability, mental health conditions, learning difficulties, addiction etc.
We have included information below on looking after yourself during Coronavirus (COVID-19) if you are a young carer.
Young Minds have published blogs for young people with advice on looking after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak:
- What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus
- Looking after your mental health while self-isolating
- Tips for creating a routine during self-isolation
- Looking after your mental health while studying from home
- How to look after your mental health in a difficult living environment
- Young people's self-care tips for self-isolation
- Tips for coping with OCD during the coronavirus pandemic
Young Minds also have a crisis messnger if you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support. Find out more
The Mix offer support for under 25's covering mental health and wellbeing , money advice and more.Emotional support is available 24 hours a day. On the website, you can chat about anything you like on their moderated discussion boards and live chat room.
NHS Every Mind Matters have information and tips for improving and protecting your mental health and wellbeing. This includes:
- 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
- Top tips to cope with anxiety
- Mental wellbeing while staying at home
Childline’s website has information and tips to help you to cope with the Coronavirus situation. You can also call the helpline on 0800 1111.
Samaritans - Offer a 24-hour service offering confidential emotional support to anyone who is in crisis.
- The Children's Society have compiled information for young carers during covid-19. Find out tips on how to overcome loneliness and feelings of isolation, stay active, and learn about coronavirus. Read more
- Carers UK have produced some guidance for carers around coronavirus. Find out more
- Honeypot, the children's charity have pulled together some tips for coping during the isolation period
We have included links to some activities and resources you may find useful. All of these resources , and more, can be found on our ' Coronavirus- useful resources for parents/carers, children and young people ' page
Fender Play- Offering three months of free online guitar lessons
Free audio books- Audible are now hosting free audio books whilst schools are closed- in over six languages.
Blockly Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Kitchen Science- Collection of science activities that you can do from home- produced by the Science Museum
BBC Live Lessons- Offer online live sessions for primary and secondary aged students
#StayinWorkOut - Daily workout activities for young people organised by the London Youth Programme to support young people’s physical and mental wellbeing
Museum of the World- A virtual tour of the British Museum
Virtual Museum- The National History Museum have 12 different ways you can explore the musuem from home
Childline- Tips on keeping safe online and on social media
The Ealing Young Carers Project offer support to young carers in Ealing. They are currently not accepting any new referrals however are offering online support including Zoom youth clubs and workshops , as well as telephone support to young carers who are already registered with the project.
Requesting a young carers assessment
You or your parents can request a young carer’s assessment. An assessment can help decide what support you and your family might need, ensuring you and your families wishes are taken into consideration. A young carer’s assessment can also determine whether it is appropriate for you to be caring for someone else.
If you are a young carer and would like to request a young carer needs assessment, you can contact Ealing Children’s Integrated Response service (ECIRS) who are the first port of call for accessing support in Ealing. They will look at your situation and will ensure you and your family receive the appropriate support you need.
Tel: 020 8825 8000 (option 1)