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Young Adult Carers

What is a young adult carer?

The ‘official’ definition of a young adult carer is someone aged between 18-25 who cares, unpaid, for someone who may be chronically ill, disabled, have a mental health condition or an addiction.

About us

As part of the ‘Making Carers Count’ project we understand how difficult it can be caring for someone whilst working, attending education and trying to have time for yourself too! But you are not alone, we’re here to support you!


If you’re aged between 18 and 25 and provide unpaid care to a family member, or friend with an illness, disability or addiction, we want to hear from you.


We run a friendly and supportive network which enables Young Adult Carers to socialise with others in a similar situation. We as support coordinators can signpost YAC’s to the help and support they need in all aspects of their caring role.

We provide

• 2 drop in sessions per month, refreshments and snacks provided
• One to one support including carers assessments
• Free monthly activities
• Support with employability and education 

All our support and social events are free, but you do need to register with us first (also free!). 

Meet the team

Nicolle Ormston

Prior to joining the Caring for Carers team as part of Improving Lives Plymouth, Nicolle enjoyed a career within primary teaching where she worked at several primary schools within the city. Nicolle brings lots of transferable skills with her from her time in Education and is now ready to deploy them helping and supporting carers in Plymouth through the new Young Adult Carers project. 

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Anna Norton

Anna worked with young adults in education for 7 years before joining the Young Adult Carers team. She likes to work with people in a holistic, hands-on approach to tailor support to the individual, and is particularly passionate about supporting people with their mental health and improving their wellbeing.