Renfrewshire Council

Young carers worried about the person they care for during the Coronavirus outbreak can phone Cathy Mearns, our Young Carers Worker.

If you already have Cathy's phone number, phone her directly. If you need to get Cathy's number, please call the Social Work Duty Team on 0300 300 1199 and they will put you in touch with her.

Young carers

The Carers (Scotland Act) 2016 came into effect in April 2018.  It entitles young carers to a "Young Carer Statement" (YCS).  A YCS identifies a young carer's individual needs and personal outcomes and forms a plan to help them achieve their goals.  The aim of a YCS is to support young carers to have a life alongside their caring role.

Young carers take on a variety of responsibilities and tasks to support a parent, sibling, relative or friend, such as:

  • Extra housework, cooking and shopping
  • Helping the cared for person to wash or dress
  • Taking care of family finances
  • Helping a family member with their medication
  • Providing emotional support
  • Caring for someone with an alcohol or substance misuse issue
  • Caring for someone with a mental health illness

Looking after someone can feel good for young carers, but sometimes it can be difficult and might mean:

  • Young carer may be late for school, or have to take days off
  • It can be difficult to complete homework deadlines
  • May be worried a lot or all of the time
  • No time to take part in clubs and activities after school or at the weekends
  • It is difficult to talk to anyone about home life: worry people may not understand, or that they might be treated differently

A YCS will help to alleviate some of the challenges associated with being a young person with caring responsibilities.  Renfrewshire Council are working in partnership with Renfrewshire Carers Centre to deliver supports to young carers, such as group work, individual work, opportunities to meet other young carers and develop new friendships.

Please take some time out of your busy schedule to watch a few short videos on what life is like for young carers.  This can be found in the 'Related Links' section.

If you know someone who is a young carer and who might want a Young Carer Statement, please contact

Contact: Cathy Mearns (Young Carer Social Worker)
Phone: 0141 618 6646