Suffolk Family Carers welcome referrals for young people aged 5 years and upwards, who are doing more than would usually be expected of a person their age due to the long term condition of a family member. We refer to carers aged 16-24 years as Young Adult Carers.

While some young carers offer practical help, others may suffer more emotionally. Caring for a parent with a physical condition, for example, may involve physical help such as getting dressed or doing the cooking, but caring for a parent with a mental health problem, or who misuses drugs or alcohol, involves more emotional guidance and support. Sibling carers may feel the need to keep an eye on the brother or sister they care for or worry about them when they are in school.