Carer support

Being a carer can be physically and emotionally challenging.

It's important you have the opportunity to take a break from your caring role and there are lots of ways you can do this. This could be for a few hours, overnight, a weekend or longer.

  • Short breaks - provide positive, fun activities for disabled children and young people (aged 0 to 18 years) to take part in. They help children and young people to develop their independence and gain new experiences, and you can rest and take time out with other family members.
  • If you are caring for a young person over 18 find a dedicated short break services near you.
  • Kent Young Carers - provide carers aged 5 to 18 with information, advice, support and social activities. Following an assessment, they offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, one-to-one support, in school support and workshops.
  • Respite care - allows you to take a break from caring, while your child or young person you care for is looked after by someone else.

As a carer, you may be looking for financial support to look after your child or young person. Learn which benefits and discounts you may be entitled to.