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Young Carers

“It is great to come to a group where you know everyone is a young carer, we all understand and support each other because we know what it is like”.

A Young Carer


A young carer has significant caring responsibilities for a member of their family who has:

  • Physical disability
  • Chronic, long term or terminal illness
  • Learning disabilities
  • Sensory impairment such as speech, sight or hearing loss
  • Mental health issue
  • Drug or alcohol dependency


Young Carers could be:

  • Parent carers
  • Sibling carers
  • Sole carers
  • Supportive carers

Young carers often have complex and/or multiple caring roles within their families.

We have been running our National Award Winning Wiltshire Young Carers Service since 1999.  We currently hold 500+ active Wiltshire young carers cases and are hugely grateful to the wide range of private funders, buisnesses, grant giving trusts and foundations and our fundriasing committee who provide funding for our service. We are proud of the difference our work with young carers makes for example during the last year 94% of the young carers we have worked with stated they had fun, tried new things and made friends, 87% felt safer in their caring roles, 89% recorded an increase in confidence and skills following our inversions.


Hidden Army from Mathew Beckett on Vimeo.

Hidden Army, a new dance film created by Wiltshire Young Carers with Being Frank Physical Theatre and River Rea Films - May 2015

The Wiltshire Young Carers fillm - January 2014
Nine young carers took part in producing the powerful four minute film.

Bath Philharmonia and Young Carers 2014: Listen To Us 2
Click here to watch some of the individual interviews.

Film produced for the Hidden Harm Conference 2012

Bath Philharmonia Project:

We are now in the final year of the Bath Philharmonia Project, with the Bradford on Avon and Salisbury phases left to complete, the final piece is a culmination of all the phases over the two year project.

This has been an amazing opportunity for many young carers to experience working will professional musicians, raising awareness of the issues young carers face and producing from scratch new and exciting pieces of music.

Project and Respite activities

We have launched new project based respite groups for the whole of Wiltshire. These groups offer the opportunity for Young Carers aged 5-9, 10-12 and 13 to 18 years a wide range of personal and social development opportunities, healthy living, arts, sports and adventure activities, accredtied learning and issue based workshops.

Young Carers accessing our project have the opportunity to gain a wide range of accreditation recognising their skills development such as; our bespoke ASDAN accredited Young Carers, Leadership, Health and Fitness and Conservation Awards, Sports Leaders UK Awards, V -Volunteering awards, First Aid, Food Hygiene and many more.

Sketch of me keeping my room tidy


Key Work Advocasy And Mentoring

Our key work and mentoring programme supports young carers who have additional needs to overcome barriers. The young carers receiving key work are allocated a worker and together they work on a personal action plan with aims that they want to achieve.

Through advocacy we continue to support young carers and their family’s voices to be heard in a range of ways including support with educational issues, transitions, housing, health, social care and family relationships.

For information on Substance Abuse, please click here to visit the Carer Support Wiltshire Website.

Click here to download a Wiltshire Young Carers Service referral form. 

If you have any questions with regards to making a referral please contact the team directly on 01380 720671


“I have seen such a difference in X since he has been attending your groups, he seem much more happy and confident in himself”.

A Young Carer's parent.

“I have made new friendsand I feel like I can talk about my life without getting picked on because we are all the same”.

A Young Carer on joining the project and respite groups.

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