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Young Adult Carers - Making Carers Count

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 …

• connect with colleges, universities and workplaces speaking on behalf of our young adult carers
• help you understand the funding and services that are available to carers and their families
• arrange regular free meet ups, meals and trips out so our YACs can get to know other people who are in a similar situation

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

Meet the team

Nicolle Ormston – Young Adult Carers Support Coordinator 

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. 

Alex Swabey – Young Adult Carers Support Coordinator

Alex volunteered with Improving Lives Plymouth in August and has since gained employment within the Caring for Carers team where she will be rolling out the new Young Adult Carers project alongside working for the Veterans and Families Hub. She has a background in care and has a degree in Psychology with Criminology.