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Young carer support groups in Nottinghamshire

Life as a young carer comes with all kinds of different challenges which leave young people isolated, confused or in need of additional support. In fact, many young carers often don't realise their is a name for the extra responsibilities they take on so don't know about the support available to them.

If you're unsure if you're a young carer and would like to learn more, the Carers Trust website has lots of helpful information and tools to help you find support. You can be a young carer for someone with a physical disability or mental illness and taking this first step in identifying as a young carer will help ensure you are supported in your caring responsibilities and in reaching your own goals whether they be personal, academic or professional.

As a young carer in Nottinghamshire, you can access Young Carers Notts, a free and confidential service that supports young carers age 17 and under to get practical advice about caring, alongside opportunities to have fun and be around other young people in similar situations. In this vibrant and safe space, you can discuss any worries you might have, express yourself freely and make new friends who understand what you're going through. Many educational settings are also switching on to the needs of young carers so if you're considering returning to college and are worried about how this will fit alongside your role at home, reach out to your chosen college/university admissions team for support and ask if they have a young carer group to help you meet others who understand.

Young people over the age of 18 can register for local support through the Carers Federation Carers Hub. Depending on where you live, they'll connect you with monthly support groups (in person or virtual) to ensure you have the opportunity to meet others in the community and seek help if you need it.

Whilst it may feel this way at time, it's vital you remember that you are not alone and thousands of young people across the UK are sharing in their experiences as caregivers. It's also important you are aware of your rights of a young carer and if you need support to advocate for these, reach out to an IAF mentor for assistance. You can also check out lots of helpful information from national charities supporting young carers via the links below:

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