Young Carers

Northamptonshire Young Carers Service

Northamptonshire Young Carers Service exists to help promote the health and wellbeing of young carers and their families.

We will work to make sure young carers are identified and recognised within our local community and help to prevent them taking on more responsibility than they should or could cope with. We aim to help them reduce feelings of isolation. We understand that young carers are individuals in individual families and have different needs.  We will allow young carers and their families a say in what our support will be with a focus on improving confidence and helping prevent the type of problems that young carer families may face.

We aim to promote an understanding of the balance needed between being a Carer and having an opportunity to have hopes and dreams that will in turn help young carers to fulfil their individual potential.


This site is for everyone with an interest in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people in Northamptonshire.

We want to make sure that parents, professionals and other people working with children and young people are aware of local services, training and support materials. The Service Directory will allow you to search for services offered in your area dependent on your needs. The Document Library has a number of resources and toolkits to help you ranging from practical guidance on supporting needs, policies, academic papers etc. And the News area should be a place to keep you up to date with local, national and international news relating to emotional wellbeing and mental health.


‚ÄčThe Lowdown are a Northampton-based youth service offering free and confidential mental health support.  They provide a range of support such as:  Youth Counselling, Emotional Wellbeing Support, LGBTQ+ Support, Sexual Health Services, and general Outreach.


Youthworks are a youth service based in Kettering but also covers Corby.  They provide a range of support options including:  Community College, Youth Counselling, Espresso Yourself Cafe drop-in, Family Therapy, Play Based Therapy, 123 Magic, Triple P, Happier Families, LGBTQ+ Support "Hide and Seek", Circus Skills, Dodgeball, Streetdance, Holiday Clubs / Activities, and a SEND Group.


Time2Talk offer free services for young people aged 13-25 in Daventry and Towcester. This includes counselling by appointment and services that can be accessed if you just drop-in! Drop in services include free information on many subjects including drugs and alcohol. You can access free condoms, pregnancy testing, and chlamydia screening.


Service Six are a Wellingborough-based youth and counselling service.  They provide a range of support such as:  TARGET (online abuse and grooming); Opal project (self-harm); Youth Counselling; Therapeutic support for children and young people who have been sexually abused or assaulted; Caring Connections; Happy Heads; Happier Families; Emotional support for children, young people and adults living in East Northamptonshire; ESPRESSO YOURSELF Wellbeing Drop-in for young people; Youth Social Entrepreneurs; LGBTQ Youth Group ‘OUT THERE’; and SHAPE (Self-Harm Awareness & Prevention Enterprise).


CHAT is a confidential youth counselling and therapeutic mentoring service offered free to young people aged 9-25 years in Oundle, Thrapston, and surrounding villages.  


NAYC (Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs) & ACUK (Action Centres UK) is a diverse organisation here to help and educate young people, especially, but not exclusively, through their leisure-time activities to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and as members of society.


Family Support Link's mission is to provide accessible and non judgemental support across Northamptonshire, we aim to reduce the physical, psychological and emotional harm caused to families and individuals living with or caring for someone who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.


Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) provide a wide range of children's health services covering Health Visiting and School Nursing, CAMHS, Eating Disorders, Learning Disabilities, ASD and ADHD, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, community paediatrics, community children's nursing, looked after children, specialist school nursing, specialist dental services, and short breaks for disabled children.


Northamptonshire County Council is responsible for services across the whole of the county, like: education; transport; planning; fire and public safety; adult social care; children's social care; libraries; waste management; trading standards.  Northamptonshire is now split into two unitary councils - North and West, and a separate children's trust.