Young Carers Development Trust

The Young Carers Development Trust is a registered charity which tackles the lack of opportunity experienced by many young carers due to their caring responsibilities.

The Young Carers Development Trust

On average each year 48 school days (10 weeks) are missed or cut significantly short because of their caring roles. Children who are young carers missout on all sorts of opportunities, from basic education to social and developmental activities. At the Young Carers Development Trust we enable young carers to fulfill their potential, their hopes and dreams.

Prior to the Trust’s formation in 2012, only one young carer in west Wiltshire had been to university. Trustees are united in their view that young carers’ life experiences often equip them for high achievement, once the difficulties caused by their caring responsibilities are addressed. The Trust is establishing a network of high-achieving young carers, willing to become active and inspiring role models for others from backgrounds similar to their own. The Trust works through its Development Managers who provide resources and mentoring for these young carers. The Trust works with young carers from North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucester, Wiltshire and Bath & North East Somerset.

Lockdown and Coronavirus Support for Young Carers including YCDT Webinars

We're Back For One More Session! Subject: Returning to School                                                                  When: Wednesday 3rd March, 3:30pm

This is a stand alone webinar to support YACs aged 14-25 with their concerns and queries about returning to school, college and university (where courses are practical). YCDT's Leah Morgan will be joined by Assistant Principal from Ark Putney Academy, Lydia McMillan. The webinar will cover: Covid-19 security within school- what's changed; Exam grade assessment; Catch-up- what can we expect; Strategies and mechanisms to tackle Back to School anxiety.

To register for this webinar click this link:

Resources for young carers

These are on available on the Young Carer Resources Page, including links to the Lockdown 3.0 webinars and the series of webinars which ran during the 2020 lockdowns. 

Young Adult Carer Aspirations Conference October 2020

"I believe in myself more and feel unstoppable" Young Adult Carer on the impact the conference had for them.

YCDT recently hosted our first highly successful Young Adult Carer Aspirations Conference aimed towards supporting the future of young adult carers, further information including a video of the closing speeches by young carers Amy and Alise can be found on the Young Carer Resources page.

Impact Report : We are delighted to share with you YCDT's first impact report - available here