June 22, 2024

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People in Cornwall urged to recognise young carers

As part of Young Carers Action Day, Cornwall residents are urged to recognise the signs that someone might be a young carer and help them get the support they need.

Kernow Young Carers, a service that is commissioned by Cornwall Council, provides support for young people that help look after a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or substance misuse problem.

Cllr Barbara Ellenbroek, Cornwall Council cabinet member for children and families said:

“Young carers may provide practical, physical, emotional, or personal care, as well as managing the family budget, dealing with medication, or supporting with communication.

“Young carers may not always recognise themselves as carers or may be reluctant to ask for help. They may feel guilty, ashamed, or worried about the consequences of disclosing their situation. They may also face stigma or discrimination from others who do not understand their role.

“Kernow Young Carers provide a wealth of support to young carers so I would urge anyone who thinks they might be a young carer, or if an adult thinks a young person that they know might need some support, to get in touch and find out what help is available.”

Lea Hill from Kernow Young Carers said: 

“People who call our advice line can expect a warm and supportive greeting. The person on the line will help identify if the carer is receiving everything that they are entitled to, and they will make sure they know how much they are valued for their role.”


Young carers often have more responsibilities than their peers, and may face challenges such as:

  • Feeling isolated or lonely
  • Struggling with schoolwork or attendance
  • Experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Having low self-esteem or confidence
  • Lacking time for hobbies or social activities
  • Missing out on opportunities for education, training, or employment

Cllr Ellenbroek added:

“Young carers are not alone. They deserve recognition and support for the valuable contribution they make to their families and communities. If you are a young carer, or if you know of one, please get in touch.”

For more information and support please call the Carers Advice Line on 01736 756655 or visit the Kernow Young Carers website.

Kernow Young Carers website