A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Supporting Young Carers in Our Community

About 2,240 children in Aberdeen, some as young as five, look after another family member and assume a level of responsibility usually associated with an adult.

The person receiving care is often a parent but could be a sibling, grandparent, another relative, friend or neighbour who is disabled, has a chronic illness, a mental health problem or other condition that means they need care, support or supervision. But, for young carers, this means school work can be a struggle and social difficulties can lead to behavioural and emotional issues. VSA’s Young Carers’ Service provides direct physical, social, emotional and educative support.

VSA provides a safe and supported environment where young carers aged five to 18 can just be a child. Here, they can do what others may take for granted: play, do homework, read a book and, most importantly, socialise with children in a similar situation.

To find out more about VSA’s Young Carers Support service, please click on this link.