What We Do
We are dedicated to supporting young carers aged 8-18 throughout North Lanarkshire.
We believe it is the right of every young carer to be recognised in their role and to have the same opportunities and life chances as other children and young people of a similar age.
We raise awareness, identify and provide direct support to children and young people who look after or help to look after someone in their family who is unwell or disabled, including children caring for parents who have mental health or substance misuse problems.
The direct support we provide includes…
Young carers needs assessment
Personal support, advice and guidance
Individual and group support
Trips and activities during school holidays
Help to access specialist services
Help to access universal services such as leisure and youth services
We also provide drop-ins at local schools, colleges and in the Carers Centre. If you would like to speak to one of our staff get in contact with us to arrange a suitable time and place.
Young Carers have a right to a ‘Young Carers Statement’ but what is it?
Things you need to know about The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
The act came into force on 1st April 2018. The Young Carers Statement will contain information about the carer’s own circumstances and caring role.
Who is a Young Carer?
A Young Carer is someone who is a carer, as describe above and also…
- Under the age of 18 or 18 plus but still at school
The responsible Local Authority must provide support to any carer who has identified needs laid out in the Young Carers Statement which meet the local eligibility criteria which cannot be met through support provided to the cared-for person or through general local services.
The Local Authority may ask another organisation to provide support to you on it’s behalf. These may be:
- Third-Sector & Voluntarty
- Local Carer Centres
- Other Local or National Services