Connecting Carers - Young Carers

Connecting Young Carers is a service within the region-wide charity Highland Community Care Forum. We work to raise the profile of Young Carers, their rights and the vital role they play. We help Young Carers to access the support, advice and help they need in their caring role and to have a life alongside caring. Our support is explained in detail here.

Young Carers are children and young people who help to care for and support, both emotionally and practically, someone who has a physical disability or learning disability, is experiencing mental ill-health issues with substance misuse, or who has another long-term health condition. Most often Young Carers help to care for a parent, sibling or other loved one who lives with them.

The Young Carers we support are aged from five to 18. Find out more about who Young Carers are here.

We also work with Young Adult Carers aged from 18 to 24. Find out more about who Young Adult Carers are here.

Our Objectives
Connecting Young Carers works to ensure that Young Carers have the same opportunities as other young people, are not placed in inappropriate caring roles, and are able to fulfil their potential. We enable Young Carers to ensure their rights are upheld and their dreams and aspirations can be achieved, for example in education, in their community, in their homes, within their caring role and when planning their future. We have more information about Young Carer Rights.

You can make a referral using our referral form which is available here.

Our Carer Support Line number is 01463 723560

If you are a teacher or supporter of a young carer further information and resources can be found on the Digital Education Hub here ->


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Connecting Carers, 5 Tulloch Street, Dingwall,
IV15 9JY