Young Scot’s dedicated young carer platform

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 8th June 2020

The Scottish Government has been working with Young Scot for the past 3 years to develop a dedicated platform for young carers.

This platform contains opportunities, discounts and information all exclusively for young carers. A package has been developed for this platform, designed by young carers for young carers and is continually updated to reflect the world and challenges young carers face.

Who can apply?
A young carer in Scotland is anyone, aged under the age of 18, or 18 and still in school, who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.
Caring can include:
– medical or nursing care, such as helping someone to take medication or applying dressings
– personal care, such as helping to wash, dress or eat
– practical support, such as taking a person shopping or to medical appointments, cleaning or accompanying them to social events
– emotional support
Any young carer, regardless of their caring duties, aged 11 to 18 are entitled to apply for the young carer package. Find out more about how to sign up (this link will take you away from our website).

Young carers can now sign up without a Young Scot card, so no one misses out. The requirement for a Young Scot National Entitlement Card number to be entered has been removed as an interim measure to widen accessibility at a time when cards are no longer in production.

Responding to COVID-19
The opportunities currently available are suitable for social distancing and self-isolation. This package is available to all young carers aged 11 to 18.
New opportunities include subscriptions to mindfulness relaxation apps, mobile data top ups, sanitary product vouchers and entertainment subscriptions.

Gather more information from the stakeholder website section on Young Carer Package (this link will take you away from our website).

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