Willow Young Carers Service

Welcome to Willow Young Carers

Welcome to our website, where we hope you will find useful information about the work we do, and how we might be able to support you.

What we do

Willow Young Carers is a service for children and young people aged 5 – 17 years old, and living within the Leeds area of West Yorkshire. We support young carers who are looking after, or are affected by a family member with a physical or mental health illness, disability or substance misuse problem.

What is a ‘Young Carer’?

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps to take care of a member of their family, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. The kind of support provided may include:

  • Listening to and/or keeping them company
  • Cooking meals and making drinks
"Willow has helped my confidence to meet new people".
  • Visiting them in hospital
  • Cleaning and tidying the house
  • Providing personal care
"You get to learn new skills and meet new people".
  • Doing the shopping
  • Helping with medication
  • Managing the family budget

What support does Willow Young Carers offer?

Working alongside young carers to develop their skills and strengths, we provide a range of services to enable young carers to reach their goals in a variety of ways including:

  • One to one and group support
  • Speaking to other agencies and professionals about how they can help
  • Activity days
  • Support around education, training and employment
  • Raising awareness of young carer issues and delivering training to other professionals
  • Assist parents in improving the health and wellbeing of their children

How do I make a referral?

It is important to us that families are involved in the decisions that affect them, so we only accept referrals where the young person and parent (depending on age of child), have been included in the referral process, and given permission to share their information with us.s directly over the phone.

Families can refer themselves by filling in the form or asking another worker like a teacher or support worker to fill in the form with them and posting it to us at Willow. In some cases we can take referrals from families directly over the phone.

If you need some guidance or more information on our referral process, please read our guidance on referral document

Please note: due to a high caseload we occasionally need to close our waiting list. Please contact us prior to submitting a referral form to ensure the list is currently open.