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Supporting young carers

Today, there’s an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK with unpaid caring responsibilities.

The Quilter Foundation wants to support these young carers, so has launched a partnership with Carers Trust and The Mix. The partnership aims to invest £1.5 million over three years to develop and deliver pioneering support services for young carers in the UK.

This funding will allow Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity supporting unpaid carers, to deliver programmes that provide immediate relief to young carers who face barriers to their wellbeing, education or employment prospects.

Meet some of the young carers who the partnership has already helped:

Charlotte's story

Charlotte is 20 years old and spends up to 100 hours each week caring for both her mother and her father, while also helping to look after her little brother.

She is passionate about forensic science and her dream is to work for a police forensic team.

  • Charlotte’s mother has stage 3 liver cancer, osteoporosis, epilepsy, chronic pain and mental ill-health.
  • Her father has bipolar disorder and suffers physical conditions related to substance misuse.
  • Charlotte works part-time to help contribute to rent, bills and prescriptions, as well as covering her own living costs.
  • Charlotte is severely dyslexic, suffers from Crohn’s disease and was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer.

How we have supported Charlotte

The Quilter Foundation has helped Charlotte to pay for an online diploma in forensic science, bringing her one step closer to her dream career.

A little support can have a life changing impact

Do you know a person who has caring responsibilities? Get in touch with Carers Trust (UK) or Crossroads Care (Isle of Man) and they may be able to offer them vital support.


Freddie's story

Freddie is 24 years old and spends up to 60 hours a week caring for his two nephews and his father.

Freddie is in his final year at university, studying to become a physiotherapist.

  • Both of Freddie’s nephews have a degenerative neurological condition that causes learning and physical disabilities, as well as complex health needs which require 24 hour support.
  • His father has substance misuse and mental health conditions, and requires constant emotional support.
  • Freddie struggles with his mental health and often has disturbed sleep due to financial stresses as well as the pressure of his caring role. A recent family bereavement has also had a significant impact on his wellbeing.
  • Freddie, on multiple occasions, has gone without food in order to fund his transport costs to university.
  • Freddie is supported by Hartlepool Carers Centre.

How we have supported Freddie

The Quilter Foundation has helped Freddie to pay for his transport to and from university. ‘Your kind donation is a significant relief. I look forward to graduating in July 2019, and thank you once again on enabling me to do so.’

Young carers


Ella's story

Ella is 25 years old and spends over 100 hours a week caring for both of her parents.

Ella is driven to complete her exams in holistic therapies, gaining the qualifications she needs to be a self-employed practitioner. This occupation will allow Ella to have a flexible working pattern whilst building a career for her future, when there will be fewer demands on her time.

  • Ella’s mother has bipolar, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, arthritis, osteoporosis and challenging behaviour.
  • Her father has epilepsy, type 2 diabetes, suspected dementia, arthritis, bronchiectasis and limited mobility.
  • Neither of her parents will accept support or care from anyone other than Ella.
  • Ella is supported by Carer for the Carers (East Sussex).

How we have supported Ella

The Quilter Foundation has helped Ella to pay for the exams she wished to take ahead of starting her new career in holistic therapies.

As well as giving her the opportunity to gain a qualification; it will also give Ella the opportunity to access the freedom she doesn’t have as a result of her caring role.

Young carers


Natalia's story

Natalia is 20 years old and spends up to 60 hours a week caring for her mother and her brother.

Natalia is currently completing a business start-up programme and hopes to combine her previous passion for art with her ambition to set up her own business, that she can manage alongside her caring role.

  • Natalia’s mother has had lung cancer twice, partial lung removal, suffers from panic attacks and subsequent physical and mental health problems. She does not speak English and relies on Natalia to translate everything, including very difficult medical appointments.
  • Natalia’s brother has autism.
  • As well as providing an incredible amount of emotional support, Natalia is often called upon to support her mother and brother in appointments at short notice.
  • Natalia is supported by Newcastle Carers.

How we have supported Natalia

The Quilter Foundation has provided Natalia with the art materials required to be able to complete her course. She has always wanted to pursue her education, and is described by her care worker as ‘a very intelligent and passionate young lady.’

A little support can have a life changing impact

Do you know a person who has caring responsibilities? Get in touch with Carers Trust (UK) or Crossroads Care (Isle of Man) and they may be able to offer them vital support.


Jack & Eva’s story

Eva is 20 years old and Jack is 15 years old. They are siblings and spent over 100 hours a week caring for their 17 year old sister, as well as their younger sister.

Eva is hoping to go to university in September to study Fine Art and Jack is at secondary school, preparing for his GCSEs.

  • Eva and Jack’s sister had a number of complex mental health conditions including borderline personality disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and bulimia.
  • Their sister regularly attempted suicide and self-harmed. Both, when asked, said they felt responsible for keeping her safe.
  • Jack feels he needs to take on the role of ‘man of the house’. Every day, he cooks and cleans, dresses his younger sister and prepares food for the family.
  • Sadly, Jack and Eva’s sister recently took her own life.
  • Jack and Eva are supported by Brighton and Hove Carers Centre.

How we have supported Jack & Eva

The Quilter Foundation has helped to pay for Eva to attend two art courses, which will help her gain vital skills ahead of going to university. The funds have also paid for Jack to have three terms of drum lessons at school. It is hoped the activities will help to support the siblings’ health and wellbeing at a difficult time.

Young carers


Olivia’s story

Olivia (17) cares for her 11 year old brother who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, whilst at the same time studying Media Makeup at college.

  • As well as being affected by her brother’s outbursts, Olivia struggles with her wellbeing at times, due to her caring role, and has a history of self-harm.
  • Olivia’s mother is a single parent and struggles to pay for the materials Olivia needs to complete her college course.
  • Olivia is supported by Swindon Carers Centre.

How we have supported Olivia

The Quilter Foundation has helped Olivia pay for the kit she needs to complete her course, so she can prepare for her dream job.

A little support can have a life changing impact

Do you know a person who has caring responsibilities? Get in touch with Carers Trust (UK) or Crossroads Care (Isle of Man) and they may be able to offer them vital support.

Find out more about the Young Carers funding programme here.