A young carer is a person under 18 involved in caring of another person. The carer assumes some responsibility for the person under care. It has a big emotional impact on the carer. A young carers network provides support, understanding and recognition to such individuals. This network also offers support services to the families having such carers. The support may involve one-to-one interaction, counseling, group work, social activities and family support. The goal is to build skills, instill confidence and provide help when needed.
The carers are introduced to new people who can help them in various ways. Some of these counselors have been in similar situations and understand the emotional and physical difficulties a young person can face in such jobs. They offer guidance and practical solutions that help carers solve many of their everyday problems. The carers become more confident in taking care of another person. It can open up new career opportunities for them when they grow up and feel confident of taking care of an adult or more people. They gain confidence and experience to handle all such tasks in future.