The Young Carers Service have launched the Young Carers Card. This Welsh Government funded, national card scheme has been developed as a partnership between Carers Trust Wales and all local authorities across Wales. The partnership is working to test and develop a nation-wide approach to improving the experiences young carers have in health, social care and education settings.

The Young Carers Card or YC Card will provide photo-identification for any young carer aged under 18 who would like one. This will enable them to easily identify themselves to professionals without having to share personal details about their caring role. It is hoped that the card will give young carers the confidence to ask for help or understanding from professionals like teachers, doctors and pharmacists in a discreet way.

As the scheme is developed in Rhondda Cynon Taf, the YC Card will also include access to local discounts and benefits in recognition of the significant contributions made by our local young carers.

A Young Carer is someone who helps look after a friend or family member who cannot manage on their own because they have a disability, physical or mental illness or are affected by substance or alcohol abuse. Young carers don’t need to have a YC Card to receive the support that they have a right to and deserve as a young carer.

If you would like more information about the Young Carers service please contact Mrs Leanne Parsons, our Young Carers champion on 01443 670647 or contact the Young Carers Support Team at RCT on the number below.