Young Adult Carers

Young adult carers are young people aged 16–25 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction.

DGSB Whole School Commitment to Young Carers

DGSB is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils/students and achieve their potential.

We have designated Young Carers’ School Leads for each Key Stage with responsibility for young carers and their families, as shown on noticeboards and website. Support can be accessed via

DGSB only shares information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.

The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support; please email us via

How many young adult carers are there?

  • There are at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK.
  • They are likely to be in every school, college, university and workplace.

What might a young adult carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed. 
  • Emotional support, such as talking or listening to someone who is distressed.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress or go to the toilet.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give someone their medication.
  • Helping someone communicate.

Did you know that Young Adult Carers can access certain bursaries?

For example;

Carers Support; Canterbury, Dover and Thanet can award grants towards life skills such as driving lessons

The MS Society has grants worth up to £1,000 to help pay for leisure activities or personal development. This could be for things like school or college trips, sports equipment, music lessons, courses or driving lessons for example.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association offer a Young Person’s Grant

Up to £250 can be awarded to a young person in any one year. You can use the grant in lots of ways. For example, to help pay for:

* a laptop or smartphone

* a day out with your family to build a special memory

* decoration of your room to create a calm environment


Did you know that some universities offer specialist support for their Young Adult Carers?

Supporting you from pre-entry, a wide variety of support throughout your course including right through to postgraduate level. Some even offer greatly reduced fees or free accommodation in halls for three years!

Initiatives supporting young adult carers at universities * The University of Birmingham * The University of Nottingham * The University of Winchester * York St John University * De Montford University * Sheffield Hallam University * University of Manchester



Homework help

We understand that it can be difficult sometimes to juggle school work and home life.

Did you know that the library is available every lunchtime for you do your homework, revise and print out school work?

If the library is shut, the Learning Centre is available.

If you are struggling to complete your homework, please talk to your tutor or subject teacher and explain why; they will help!


What support does DGSB offer their Young Carers?

If you need to make a phone call home, you can go to your Key Stage Office and make it in private.

There is a dedicated email where you can message us if you need to; (this is checked by lunchtime on school days and not continuously monitored).

We can help you get a FREE bus pass.

The rest is up to you; we want to hear what our Young Carers would like support with and how you receive it.

Would you prefer 1:1 or group session or both?

Are there any skills that you would help you with your caring role, such as First Aid, Fire Safety or cooking?

Would you like to do fun activities; art and craft, sport based or something more relaxing?

Let us know; tell Mrs Lavender.



Useful links


Young Carers – dover smart project

If you are a Young Carer or Young Adult Carer and you like art then you might like to join our support group in the gallery. Young Carers meet every Saturday morning from 10.30am to midday.


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