Young Carers Project

Are you a young carer or do you know someone who is?

A young carer is anyone aged 5-18 years, who has practical and emotional caring responsibilities because someone in their family is disabled, elderly, has a long term illness, a mental health condition, developmental disorder or issues with substance misuse.

What are some of the things a young carer might do?

If you are a young carer wanting to join the Young Carer Service or you want to refer a young person please fill in a referral form:

To refer yourself please complete this form

To refer a child or young person you can complete a referral form:


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For More Information

General enquiries: 0131 315 3130 or

Young Carer Service Manager: Lisa Millar 0750 000 3726 or

Schools Project Worker: Shona James 074716694535 or

Young Carers Support Workers:
Kirsty Shinton 07766131736 or
Ruth Meekings 07760567741 or

Our young carers project is supported with funding from The Robertson Trust, BBC Children In Need and Edinburgh City Council

Young Carer Services in Edinburgh

There are three young carer services in Edinburgh. We work together across the whole of Edinburgh and each service covers a different geographic area, please see the map:
SPACE is responsible for South West Edinburgh including Pentlands and South West.
Capital Carers is responsible for North West Edinburgh including Almond, Forth, Inverleith and Western.
Edinburgh Young Carers is responsible for North East and South East Edinburgh Localities including Leith, City Centre, Craigentinny, Duddingston, Portobello, Craigmillar, South Central, Liberton and Gilmerton.

Find out more about our young carers in this video:

“We Care, Do you?” Young Carers Edinburgh

A film with testimonies from our young carers about looking after family members as they celebrate the launch of the new Carers Act.