Young carers are children and young people aged 18 and under, who provide or intend to provide care for another individual. The care required may be due to a disability, long-term illness, mental ill-health or drug or alcohol dependency. It also includes support to siblings if the parent is not able to do the parenting role without assistance.
Caring can take many forms and include physical. practical and emotional support; such as cooking, cleaning, giving medicine, assistance with dressing and washing, paying bills or keeping the cared-for company.
Caring for a family member can be very rewarding, but also hard work. Young carers often have to look after themselves too and can find it difficult to keep up with schoolwork, go out with friends and stay healthy.
Aberdeenshire schools are invited to sign up to the Aberdeenshire Schools Young Carers Charter For Action. Schools have an important role in identifying young carers and making sure they have the same learning opportunities as other pupils. Schools who commit to supporting young carers should prominently display the Charter within the school community and register their commitment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Trust Scotland -Young Carers In Education Resources, Aberdeenshire
Young carers in Aberdeenshire can apply for a Health and Wellbeing Grant to take time out from their caring role and enjoy activities, hobbies or spend time with friends. Young carers can decide what to buy with the grant, as long as it helps to look after their health and wellbeing. The grant is a one-off purchase that does not need to be paid back.
To apply for the grant, contact Quarriers Aberdeenshire Carer Support Service on 01467 538700 to ask for help to complete a Young Carer Statement. This will determine if a young carer can apply for the grant or would benefit more from an individual budget for ongoing support.
Quarriers Aberdeenshire are commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council to provide a Young Carer Support Service. Quarriers offer advice, information and support, which can include support to complete a Young Carer Statement.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 was implemented in April 2018, to ensure adult and young carers are supported to manage their caring responsibilities with confidence and in good health, and to have a life of their own outside of caring. Our Local Young Carer Strategy details how Aberdeenshire Council intend to support young carers.
View leaflets to help identify young carers with information about the support available. Designed with the help of young carers. Available on the Aberdeenshire Council website under Publications