Young Carers

A Young Carer is defined as someone under 18 who provides care on an unpaid basis for another person. The person they look after may be a parent, a brother or sister, a grandparent or other relative.

They may provide practical or physical care, help with personal care, and help with domestic tasks and/or emotional support. 


There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK and a recent survey in the Vale of Glamorgan indicated that 1 in 12 (8%) of pupils in primary or secondary school could be young carers. 


Young carers face serious caring responsibilities, in addition to the daily tasks they complete for their parents such as housework, cooking and bathing, they live with the added pressure of school and, often, a lack of understanding from



Carers Assessment

Young carers can request an assessment, an assessment gives you a chance to talk to someone about what support might make caring easier.


Young Carer Assessment



Vale Young Carers Project                                   

The young carers project in the Vale of Glamorgan has been run by the YMCA and is currently supporting almost 55 young carers across the County. This project is funded by Vale of Glamorgan Council.


The Youth Club at the Hub, Barry YMCA is open every Wednesday

from 6.30pm – 8.30pm during term time and is specifically for young carers from 11 years of age.


The young carers that attend join in with activities such as: arts and crafts, playing board games, playing pool, table tennis, gaming (play station) and take part in quizzes if they wish.  Also, they have the opportunity to take part in media sessions which include photography and film making, cooking, drama therapy sessions and pottery lessons.


Attending the youth club gives the young carers a chance to talk about health, relationships, substance misuse, sexual health and other issues that affect them; we provide a variety of issue based workshops that they can attend.  


NEW!! YMCA Young Adult Carers 'Time for More’ Project

The ‘Time for More’ project is a project that is currently being piloted to support young adult carers across Cardiff and the Vale. Young Adult Carers aged 18-25 years old can be referred onto the project by anybody. They can access support with respite, further education and employment. We work both 1-2-1 and in group sessions.

  • 02920 465250

Cardiff and Vale Young Carers Club - Every Saturday, 10.00am and 1.00pm

New Pavilion Centre in Dumballs Road, Butetown, Cardiff, CF10 5FE

Club for young carers. All are welcome.  

  • 07831 289907

Newcastle Carers Short Film

A short film highlighting the needs of Young Adult Carers aged 18-25, looking after someone, unpaid, who has a long-term illness, disability, mental health illness or addiction.