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Today, there’s an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK looking after loved ones with disabilities, long-term illnesses, mental health issues or addiction problems.

Caring for a loved one from a young age can have a serious impact on a young person’s future prospects, education outcomes and mental health. That’s why we have launched the Young Carers Campaign, a partnership with Carers Trust and The Mix.that aims to invest £1.5m over three years to give tens of thousands of young people the chance of a brighter future by developing and delivering:

  • pioneering support services for young carers in the UK, and
  • programmes that provide immediate relief to young carers who face barriers to their wellbeing, education or employment prospects.

The aims of our headline campaign are to:

  • Provide immediate relief, digital guidance and personal development opportunities.
  • Inspire long-term change for young carers.
  • Change perceptions of caring.

Since we have partnered with Carers Trust, over 900 young carers have benefited from funding from the Quilter Foundation, which has raised £171,000 so far for the charity.

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.

Our Young Carers Campaign partners:

Carers Trust

Carers Trust is the UK’s largest charity for carers. Carers Trust work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

The Mix


The Mix is a free, confidential digital support service for under 25s. Whatever issue a young person is facing, The Mix is always there for them - online, over the phone or via social media - from money to mental health, from homelessness to jobs, from break-ups to drugs.

Crossroads Care


Crossroads Care

Crossroads Care is the leading provider of practical and emotional support for carers living on the Isle of Man. Their service is about giving time, improving the lives of carers by giving them time to be themselves and have a break from caring.

The Quilter Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (1175555).