East Sussex Young Carers

Email Address: youngcarers@imago.community
Phone Number: 0300 111 1110

There are over 3,000 Young Carers in East Sussex and according to BBC research, there could be another 11,000 hidden Young Carers! It is important that Young Carers know that they are not alone in their caring role.

We support Young Carers by promoting positive wellbeing through a variety of activities, workshops, and respite. Working with school staff and other professionals, we aim to ensure Young Carers have access to the support they need and know they are not alone.

Young Carers provide unpaid care for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health issue, or addiction. They support the cared-for and other family members with practical tasks, physical care, and emotional support, whilst at the same time trying to live their own life.

We support Young Carers in East Sussex to minimise the negative impacts of caring and to access social and educational opportunities and emotional support, highlighting the positive impacts of being a carer, such as increased resilience and empathy.

Stat: Children as young of 5 are in a caring role
Stat: 27% of Young Carers aged 11-15 miss school
Stat: 67% of Young Carers are worried about their future


East Sussex Young Carers provided by Imago funded by East Sussex County Council, supports Young Carers aged 5-18 who are responsible for caring for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issues.  

ESYC works with schools, communities, and statutory and voluntary agencies to identify hidden young carers. Following assessment, ESYC offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, one-to-one support, in school support and workshops. 

ESYC also offer training and information to professionals. 

For further information please contact the Imago Young Carers Hub:

Phone: 0300 111 1110

Email: youngcarers@imago.community 

Twitter @imago_community

Facebook: Imago Young People Support

The Imago YC Hub is available for you to call Monday - Friday 9-5pm to talk about Young Carers' needs and can provide information, advice and signposting.


Referral Form

Young Adult / Adult Carers

If you are aged 16+ and caring for an adult, you can complete an on-line self-assessment, this is an opportunity to tell Adult Social Care about your caring role, your needs as a carer and the things you think will help.

The carer's self-assessment form is easy to complete and if you need support, Adult Social Care or East Sussex Young Carers are happy to help.

To complete your carer self – assessment online click here

If you are under 16 years of age, you can ask for a carers assessment from East Sussex Young Carers.