STEP Young Carers

Who are Young Carers?

A young carer is a young person, under the age of 18, who has a caring responsibility. This is usually for a family member, who has a disability, long-term illness, mental illness (including depression, anxieties) or drug/alcohol substance misuse.

When young carers reach the age of 16, they can also access support through our Young Adult Carers projects

Watch a short video created by young carers – A day in the life of a young carer.

STEP – supporting young carers

Our young carers project operates in Huntingdonshire and Peterborough, known as STEP:

Support | Thrive | Empower | Prepare

STEP Young Carers – Huntingdonshire

Our young carers support in Huntingdonshire is made possible by the generosity of charitable funding.

We provide support through:

STEP Young Carers – Peterborough

Our young carers support in Peterborough is a service commissioned by Peterborough City Council.

We provide support through:

  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Regular term-time groups
  • Help in school and school groups
  • 1:1 support
  • 14-16 Transition Plans
  • Holiday trips and activities
  • Family support
  • Work with local and national campaigns

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What you said

  • My Dad needed me and I cared! No hesitation!

    Some days it was so so hard, most days it was a pleasure.

    Having been an adult carer I can relate to some of what the young carers are doing and the emotional roller coaster they ride. Our stories may not be exactly the same but the emotional outcome is not dissimilar.

    As an adult I was able to own the taking of some respite, these children can’t. This is why STEP Young Carers is so important, essential and beneficial.

    If I can help provide a small part of that respite by sharing my crafting hobby then that’s the least I can do.

    Each month I get to know the children more and more. I feel as though a mutual familiarity and trust is forming between us. I like how they put so much into the crafts; they are inspirational and ‘Wow’ me so often.

    If they can ‘make and take’ something that helps them smile then that makes me smile too!

    Young Carers Group Volunteer