Young carers

Young carers service

The Lincolnshire Young Carers Service supports young carers up to the age of 19. Young carers may be helping and supporting a family member or friend due to disability, mental ill-health, illness or substance misuse.

A young carer may be providing support with:

  • cooking, housework and shopping
  • physical care, such as helping someone in and out of bed
  • personal care, such as assistance with dressing, toileting and administering medication
  • managing the family budget
  • collecting prescriptions and arranging GP or hospital appointments
  • helping with communication
  • looking after brothers or sisters
  • emotional support

The Lincolnshire Carers Service can also provide support for young carers from the age of 16, depending on need.

Young Carer Card

Apply for a young carer card
Young carers are under 18 and are not usually the next of kin. Sometimes, professionals do not feel they can share confidential information with them.

We have created the young carer card to help prevent issues around age and consent.

A professional working with a 'cared-for' person may choose to discuss things with a cardholder.

The card does not give the young carer an automatic right to information. 

A professional may share information about:

  • medication (for example, its effects and safe handling)
  • the diagnosis (for example, background information and living with or managing a condition)
  • the prognosis (for example, how the condition may or may not develop in the future)

Before you apply, you will need:

  • consent from your parent, if possible
  • a digital passport-size photograph