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How I support young carers

Young carers look after someone else who may be unwell, have a disability, poor mental health or be tackling a drugs or alcohol addiction. They do this simply because they care. Young carers are aged up to 18, and often take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities, tasks usually expected of adults.

We look after young carers with support, a listening ear, life tools and regular groups and activities.

Information for young carers

To refer into Salford Young Carers: Salford Young Carers Referral Form

Shine Young Carers Update:

From November 2023 we are unable to accept new referrals into our Shine Young Carers service for young carers in Manchester.

Please see the link below for more information support for young carers in Manchester.

Support for young carers in Manchester

Salford Young Carers Service

We work with young carers aged up to 18, their family, schools and other agencies to provide support; including sessional support to enable the young person to reach their full potential and overcome issues relating to their caring role. Commissioned by Salford City Council. We also provide support for young adult carers aged 18 – 24.

Professionals Information Pack


Shine Young Carers Project

We provide activities for young carers aged 5-16 in Manchester and Salford. These include after school arts and crafts sessions on Mondays (ages 8-13), and drop in sessions over Zoom on Tuesdays (ages 13+)  and Wednesdays (under 13’s). Funded by the National Lottery.


Professionals Information Pack


What people say about my carers service

I think that it’s really important for people to know about young carers because if there are other children who look after siblings or Mums and Dads, they need to know that there are people there for them to talk to if they are feeling upset.

Young carer

I can’t thank Salford Young Carers service enough for supporting us. I have already started to point parents in my school in your direction.

School representative

Thank you very much for everything you've done for us and everything you do. I really appreciate all of your help.

Young carer

If you’d like some help or advice, please send me an email to, or you can speak to one of my team by calling 0161 834 6069.