Young Adult Carers Personal Development Fund                             

A Young Adult Carer is somebody aged between 16 and 24 years old who cares for, or is                    
affected by, a family member who has any of the following:

  • Physical disability
  • Long-term physical illness
  • Mental health problem
  • Learning difficulty
  • Drug or alcohol misuse problem

Caring can mean giving someone practical help, like helping a parent to get dressed, but it can also be in the form of emotional support, for example caring for someone with mental health problems.

Our Personal Development Fund offers grants of up to £250 for Young Adult Carers looking to gain new skills while enjoying a break from their caring role. We offer support in finding a suitable course or activity of their choice which will improve self-esteem, provide them with a sense of achievement, give them long lasting positive memories and help them to feel better about their caring role.

To qualify, Young Adult Carers must:

  • Live in Norfolk
  • Demonstrate they are unable to fund the course/activity themselves and can provide evidence their household income is below £25,000
  • Be able to attend the course/activity without assistance

Applications are by professional referral only.

If you know of or are working with a young adult carer would would benefit from out fund please complete the GMSN Personal Development Fund Application Form and return to us at

Only one grant will be made per Young Adult Carer in any two year period.

Course or activity must be in the UK.

For more information pleased contact us on 01603 219924.

Our Young Adult Carers Personal Development Fund is generously supported by Global’s Make Some Noise.


Supporting young people and their families affected by drug or alcohol misuse.

Norfolk Family Carers is excited to be partnering with The Matthew Project on the new Unity service (formerly the U18 service) providing support to children, young people and their families affected by substance misuse.

The Unity service has two elements:

  • Support for young people who are misusing substances themselves and their families.
  • Support for children, young people and their families who are affected by the misuse of others.

Norfolk Family Carers is involved in the Young Carers element of the service and Young Carers access the following support:

  • 1:1 support from a Young Carers worker or counsellor,
  • Access to time for themselves; enabling children/young people to gain confidence, self-esteem, develop new skills and to have fun
  • Advice and information for a Young Carer about how to support a parent or family member using substances,
  • Advice and information about substances
  • Referral on to other agencies that can help, including Carer group

The service for those affected by the substance misuse of others will provide parenting courses, enabling parents to discuss issues of substance misuse with others in a similar situation.

The service has workers based across the county in Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Norwich and workers can visit families or young people anywhere in Norfolk.
The Matthew Project’s Young People Teams are available between 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday and 4:30pm on Fridays. Please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as they can.

If you are a young person and would like to talk to someone outside of these hours, please contact Childline on 0800 1111.

Please send referrals to:

Address: The Matthew Project: Unity @ The Annexe, 83-87 Pottergate, Norwich NR2 1DZ

Office: 01603 216 420 (referrals)


Text: 07797 800 966

Helpline: 0800 970 4866


Supporting Young Carers.