Young Carers Activity Group

A Young Carer is a child or young person under the age of 19 who is helping to care for someone at home. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a parent – some Young Carers finYoungCarers_Walking2d themselves caring for a sibling.

There are many reasons you can end up a Young Carer, including supporting someone with long-term illness, mental health difficulties, substance misuse, sensory issues or a physical disability. Young Carers are hugely under-reported in the UK, with many not realising they’re doing anything out of the ordinary.

VASL has been supporting Young Carers through our Activity Group for a few years now. We run fortnightly evening sessions in Market Harborough, and we try to do about six special events a year –for instance last year we went to Cadbury World, Planet Bounce, Leicester Megazone, Thorpe Park, Pitsford Reservoir and Rutland Water Aquapark.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news from our Young Carers here


We offer Young Carers regular respite from their caring responsibilities; the chance to be themselves for an evening; and the opportunity to try new things and meet new people. We deliver the group in partnership with Supporting Leicestershire Families. Currently we have just under twenty members. Most of our funding comes from BBC Children in Need and we have  been awarded another grant from them for 2017/18.

The group is open to Young Carers living anywhere in Harborough district. We can take you from age 11, as long as you’re in Year 7, up until your 18th birthday.  We can sometimes help with transport if you live a long way away from Market Harborough. For further details or to make a referral, please contact our Young Carers worker, Hannah, on 07845 789782 or email

Useful Links:

In 2015/2016 the Young Carers Activity Group were chosen by Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation Women in Philanthropy as one of the charities they would support for the year. Part of the reward for the year was having the film below record their experiences of being a young carer.

Carers Trust Young Carers forum

Download Leicestershire County Council’s information booklet for Young Carers (pdf)

Listen to the song our Young Carers wrote and recorded with Room for Music

Not in Harborough or not the right age for our group? Barnardo’s Carefree is your first point of call.

Sibs – a national charity which supports children and young people with disabled siblings.

Watch Hannah talking about the Group:

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