Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for young carers and young adult carers
Information on looking after yourself and the person you care for during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation if you are a young carer or young adult carer.
Looking after yourself
Your local carer service
Contact your local carer service for support for carers using the search box below. However, not all local carer services provide specific support for young carers.
Find your local carer service
The Mix provides free confidential support to young people under 25. Its website has information about your rights and how to look after yourself during Coronavirus, and specific information for young carers and young adult carers. It also has a crisis messenger service, a helpline and online 1-2-1 chat if you need to talk to someone.
YoungMinds is a charity focusing on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The website can help you if you are struggling with your mental health, and has specific blogs to help you to cope with the Coronavirus situation.
YACbook – it’s okay not to be okay- tips for being kind to yourself during lockdown
YACbook is an online community and resource space for and led by young adult carers. A young adult carer has written up their tips for coping in the current situation.
Honeypot is a children’s charity that has compiled a list of tips for children and young people who are isolating at home.
Coronavirus – protecting your mental wellbeing
Carers UK has put together a list of ideas about how carers can help look after their own mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus.
Young Scot’s website has lots of clear information and advice for young people about Coronavirus and how to cope in the current situation.
Childline’s website has information and tips to help you to cope with the Coronavirus situation. You can also call the helpline on 0800 1111.
If you’re a young adult carer who is worried about your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Samaritans' website has advice for adults struggling with the Coronavirus outbreak. You can also call the support line at any time on 116123.
Looking after the person you care for
Carers UK – Coronavirus guidance
Carers UK has provided some information about providing care to the person you support at the moment, including what the limits on going outside and getting close to others mean for those who provide care.
Carers UK – further support
Carers UK has put together a list of answers to questions you might have about caring at this time.
GOV.UK – Get Coronavirus support as a clinically vulnerable person
If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can register for support, or on behalf of someone else on the Gov.UK website. This service is available in England. See the webpage for separate guidance in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Information if you are supporting someone with a specific condition
You might have questions about how Coronavirus affects people with particular health conditions. Charities supporting people with particular health conditions have created helpful answers to these questions. Here are some examples.
British Heart Foundation
British Lung Foundation
Coronavirus information for those affected by lung conditions, with details of the helpline available at the bottom of the page.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Coronavirus advice for those affected by cancer, and details of other ways to contact Macmillan.
Motor Neurone Disease Assocation
National Autistic Society
Rethink Mental Illness
Information for adult carers
See our information for adult carers.
Date revised: 08/04/2020