Support for young carers
If you're under 18 and have a family member with MS, you may be giving them extra help and support. If you are, you may have heard of the term 'young carer' which is often used to refer to children and teens in your situation.
You might be doing housework, cooking, shopping, helping them get dressed or move about the house or caring for brothers or sisters.
Lots of people 'help out' at home, but if you're giving lots of care and it's causing you problems, or you just need some information about living with MS, there is help available.
Who can help?
We’ve written a guide for young carers to try to explain about living with someone who has MS.
Many Carers Trust Network Partners support young carers and young adult carers. They offer support such as breaks, activities and someone to talk to. For more information, call 0300 772 9600, visit carers.org or email [email protected].
In Scotland Young Scot provides help and support to young carers and offers a Young Carers package which includes things like free cinema tickets, discounted study guides, and other support.
Financial Support for young carers
We give grants of up to £300 to young carers (15 years and under), and up to £1,000 for young adult carers (16-24 years) 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.
Contact the Grants team to find out more - phone them on 0300 500 8084 or email [email protected]
In Scotland young carers can apply for a Young Carer Grant from Social Security Scotland. If you’re eligible, you can get a payment every year up to the age of 18. Find out if you’re eligible and apply at Citizens Advice Scotland.
Our MS Helpline
If you have any worries or questions or just want someone to talk to, you can call our MS Helpline free and confidentially on 0808 800 8000.