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Are you a young adult carer?

Young adult carers may be caring for a family member or someone else who needs their help on a regular basis. You can find out more about what young carers do from Carers Trust.

Looking after your own well-being

At times, you may feel that you are struggling with being a carer and that it is affecting your own mental health. Separate from your role as a carer, you have your own life to think about which is just as important. You may have a disability or health issues of your own to manage alongside this. Everyone struggles at times and it is not a sign of weakness. Check out the range of services in Leeds that can support with your mental health.

It can be difficult to stay motivated as a young adult carer and to provide support for the person you are caring for. If you are caring for a family member for 35 hours a week or more than you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance.

Are you moving away from home for the first time?

You may be considering living independently, moving away to study or renting a place with your friends. This can be difficult for young adult carers as they will probably worry about the person they are caring for, and may need to put other caring support in place or travel back home to provide support.

Are you trying to manage your studies alongside your caring role?

You may be balancing your caring role alongside a part time job as well as attending college or University, but there is support on offer to students in Leeds. It may also be useful to tell your college or University that you are a young adult carer, with some help starting conversations. However, it is your decision as to whether you want to tell them. You may also be eligible for Carer’s Allowance whilst you are studying alongside your caring role.

Things you may find useful

Carers Leeds

The Young Adult Carers group at Carers Leeds provides one-to-one support for young adult carers between the ages of 16-25 as well as a monthly support group

Carers Leeds

Carers Allowance

You may be entitled to benefits because you are a carer.

Your Rights

Information from Carers Trust about your rights as a carer.


Carers Trust

Learning and Work Institute

Advice and resources for young adult carers regarding learning and work.

Learning and Work Institute

Are you a parent or carer? 

If you’re looking for more information to support a young person you care for with their mental health, visit our parent and carers page.