Young Carers

Oldham Young Carers

Oldham Young Carers Service

The Young Carers team are located within the Families and Communities offer to ensure integration with the Early Intervention and Prevention service, providing a Whole Family Approach for our Young Carers.


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About Us

Oldham Young Carers service provides respite, 1-1 support and information to Young Carers aged between 8-18 and their families living in the Oldham area. Our award- winning team have been supporting young carers since 2009.

What is a Young Carer?

If you are a Young Carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a sibling. A Young Carer is a young person who cares, unpaid, for a parent, sibling, or other family member within their household who could not manage their day-to-day activities without their help. This can be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction, or disability.

What we do

We know caring responsibilities can have an impact on young carers personal development, confidence, education, friendships, and well-being.

Our aim is to support Young Carers in the Oldham Borough and make sure they get the same opportunities in life, as those who don’t have to care for someone. Our main priorities are to reduce social isolation and improve their positive mental and physical health and well-being.

We give them the opportunity to take time away from their caring responsibilities. To do this we :

  • Give Young Carers a voice in things that matter to them. Our Young Carers are actively involved in the planning of the annual activities and programmes on offer

  • Provide a wide range of weekly enrichment activities and sessions to improve positive physical health and well-being and the chance to develop friendships with others from similar backgrounds

  • Deliver holiday programmes to allow Young Carers to have new experiences, develop confidence and gain new skills

  • Offer bespoke 1-1 and group support on issues, which Young Carers tell us affect them

  • Work with a wide range of providers, professionals and schools to identify Young Carers and share information and advice on how to support them

  • Signpost Young Carers and families to other services to provide holistic support

  • Provide opportunities for Young Carers to gain accreditation and qualifications

This year our annual calendar of activities and programmes included:

  • Day trips/Visits: Residentials, Blackpool Zoo, Light water Valley, Snowboarding, cinema, laser quest, Bounce Nation, Roller City, ten-pin bowling

  • Team building and sport sessions: outdoor adventure days, football, dodgeball, skateboarding, pre-gym fitness, non-contact boxing, trampolining, climbing, gym sessions/yoga

  • Activities/sessions: cooking, drama, arts and crafts, art therapy, mindfulness, mental health awareness and disability awareness


As a charity, we rely greatly on donations and fundraising to provide Young Carers in Oldham with a break from their caring responsibilities to reduce social isolation, increase positive mental health and physical well-being.

We are incredibly grateful for the donations received, which allow us to continue to provide much needed support to the Young Carers in Oldham.