Support for carers

Young carers

A young carer is someone 18 years-old or younger, who looks after a relative who has:

  • a disability
  • an illness
  • a mental health condition
  • an alcohol problem
  • a drug problem

Young carers often take on an adult’s role by giving practical and emotional support to the people they care for.

Getting support

If you are a Thurrock young carer aged between 8 and 18 years-old, you can get support from Thurrock Young Carers. The service is run by Carers of Barking and Dagenham, together with Thurrock Council.

Young carers aged 4 to 8 years-old can get support from the Sunshine Centre, Tilbury.

More information

You can also get information and support from: