Here at Edinburgh Young Carers, we enjoy collaborating with different organisations to provide a great service for our young carers. This page will include some information about our current projects.

Would your organisation like to partner with Edinburgh Young Carers? Please email for further information.

This will provide a holistic service for children and young people caring for a parent affected by alcohol/substance use. These young carers report more negative health effects than other young carers, are generally less happy and report more stress and sleep difficulties. Their home environment and multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can lead to negative coping strategies including alcohol/drug use, self-harm, attempted suicide, isolation, anger and anti-social behaviour. The majority live in the most deprived areas of Edinburgh, and face challenges associated with poverty including communication skills, low expectations of themselves and others, and lower attainment and aspirations.

Each young carer has an individualised development plan comprising some or all of:

  • Mental Health Support including fortnightly respite groups, smaller groups/playdates, and one-one support/Counselling for young carers who have been identified as being especially vulnerable to poor mental health and/or risk-taking behaviour.
  • Core Skills Development through activities supporting literacy, motor skills and environment awareness. The content is determined by the young people and may include equine therapy, outdoor skills, educational programmes, swimming and support with school transition.
  • Respite activities, allowing young carers a break from caring responsibilities and an opportunity to share their experience with peers. This includes days out, camping trips and 2-5 night residential breaks during school holidays.

To find out more please go to:

Areas where project will be delivered:

Edinburgh City