Edinburgh Young Carers Project

Edinburgh Young Carers Project

Charity information

Edinburgh Young Carers Project

Edinburgh Young Carers Project works with young people aged 5 to 25 years old who care for or are affected by someone else at home - usually a parent or sibling.

The person they care for may suffer from:

•mental health problems
•chronic ill-health
•drug and alcohol misuse
Caring responsibilities can affect a young person:

•EMOTIONALLY - Putting other people’s needs first, being worried, anxious or stressed. Feelings of guilt, anger, being trapped, isolated and being misunderstood.
•PHYSICALLY - Suffering from pains or strains from heavy lifting or helping someone to wash or dress.
•SOCIALLY - Not able to meet up with friends regularly. Feeling isolated and lacking confidence. A possible target for being bullied.
•EDUCATIONALLY - Difficulties concentrating in class, feeling tired, worried, with no time to do homework.
•FINANCIALLY - Low family income. Not having enough money for basic needs.
Most young carers go unnoticed or unrecognised, until there is a crisis.

Often, family members do not want people outside the home to know that someone is ill. They may fear that the family could become separated.

The level and type of care undertaken by a young carer varies according to their individual circumstance.

Young carers' rights
Edinburgh Young Carers Project is committed to the promotion of the rights children and young people and in particular:


All young carers have the right to—

•Make their own decisions and choices, (to be a child, a carer or both).
•Be heard, listened to and believed.
•Protection from physical and psychological harm.
•Information and choice.
•Stop physically caring.
All young carers have the right to be consulted about issues that affect them, to be supported to participate and to have their views taken fully into account.

Founded 1994

  • Mission statement

    To improve the lives of young carers through support, information, training, working in partnership with other agencies and promoting social inclusion.

  • Aims

    Edinburgh Young Carers Project aims to:

    • Provide Services •Person-centred emotional and practical support for young carers in groups and one-to-one •Information and links to services for the families of young carers and/or to the person being cared for •Opportunities for young carers to get away from their caring situation and have fun •Support to facilitate social inclusion
    • Promote Development •Raise awareness of young carers and their needs •Provide training to agencies and professionals •Develop partnerships to address the needs of young carers •Support research and provide data
    • Inform Policy and Practice •Inform local and national policy and practice •Promote the rights and needs of young carers •And support young carers to participate and express their own views
  • Overview

    Established: August 1994

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 4

    Part time staff: 15

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 0131 475 2322

    Address: Norton Park 57 Albion Road Edinburgh EH7 5QY

    View charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Commission website