The Young Carers Service has been running in Monmouthshire for 17 years. It supports young people in Monmouthshire aged 8-18 with a caring responsibility for someone – this could be a family member or friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Launched in 2002, the Young Carers service is mainly focused on giving young carers a break from their caring responsibility and improving the lives of young carers and their families. The service provides a range of activities, training and support sessions for young carers and the main areas of focus include:

  • Education, training and employment
  • Promoting healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Improving physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Influencing local and national care services and policies
  • Opportunities for young people affected by poverty
  • Providing a safe environment for young carers
  • Improving social skills and reducing social isolation
  • Advice and guidance

School Support

Part of the Young Carers Service is a dedicated drop-in service for schools. Every other week, the drop-in enables young people to get information, advice and guidance from Carers Trust South East Wales staff on issues relating to their care role.

The school drop-in service runs in the four comprehensive schools in Monmouthshire – Caldicot School, Chepstow School, King Henry VIII Comprehensive and Monmouth Comprehensive School.

Where: Monmouthshire