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Kernow Carers Service - For Young People

Support for those who care

This service for young people was previously called 'Kernow Young Carers'.

Are you a young carer or young adult?

Do you help look after your parent, brother, sister or relative who is affected by age, disability, physical or mental health problems or substance misuse? 

If you are under the age of 25 and would like some advice or someone to talk to about your caring role, we’re here to help.

Offering young carers:

  • information
  • guidance
  • support
  • activities and trips
  • short breaks
  • school groups
  • training and educational sessions
  • wellbeing practitioners and CBT

If you would like to talk with a support worker, please ring 01872 321 486, or if you would like to make a referral contact the Family Information Service on 0800 587 8191.

Who to contact

01872 321 486
Parent organisation
Kernow Carers Service

Where to go

Action for Children
Helford House
Truro Business Park

This is the office base only.  Activities & support for young people are provided at various locations throughout Cornwall.

Time / date details

Session information
school groups and social groups take place at various times throughout the year

Other details


Age ranges
From 5 years to 25 years
Referral required
Referral details

Referrals will be accepted from families, any agency and professionals working with any member of the family including health professionals, schools, social workers, locality agencies, charities and counselling services

How to refer.

  • referral is made through the Kernow Carers Service helpline on 0800 587 8191
  • once a referral is received a Support Practitioner will contact the family to arrange a visit to the family home
  • during the visit the worker will carry out a short assessment of the family’s needs
  • a package of support will be offered to the family
  • work with the child, young person or family will begin immediately and continue for as long as required



Last updated: 09/09/2019

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