Young Carers Project

About This Service

Capital Carers works with young people aged 5 to 18 years old, who care for someone at home – usually a parent, guardian, sibling or someone they live with. We run support groups for Young Carers, one to one support, peer support, schools work as well as signposting on to other agencies.



A Young Carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a parent, guardian, sibling or anyone living in the household with them.

These individuals may suffer from mental, emotional or physical disabilities, have drug or alcohol issues. Most Young Carers look after someone who lives in the same house as them, this is either a parent, guardian or sibling.

If you are a young carer wanting to join the Young Carer Service or you want to refer a young person please fill in a referral form:

To refer yourself please complete this form

To refer a child or young person you can complete a referral form:


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For More Information

General enquiries: 0131 315 3130 or

Young Carer Service Manager: Lisa Millar 0750 000 3726 or

Schools Project Worker: Shona James 074716694535 or

Young Carers Support Worker: Kirsty Shinton 07766131736 or

Young Carers Support Worker: Ruth Meekings 07760567741 or


Young Carer Services in Edinburgh

There are three young carer services in Edinburgh. We work together across the whole of Edinburgh and each service covers a different geographic area, please see the map below:
SPACE is be responsible for South West Edinburgh including Pentlands and South West.
Capital Carers is responsible for North West Edinburgh including Almond, Forth, Inverleith and Western.
Edinburgh Young Carers is responsible for North East and South East Edinburgh Localities including Leith, City Centre, Craigentinny, Duddingston, Portobello, Craigmillar, South Central, Liberton and Gilmerton.

Find out more about our young carers in this video:

A film with testimonies from our young carers about looking after family members as they celebrate the launch of the new Carers Act.
‘This Work is Supported with funding from The Robertson Trust, BBC Children In Need and Edinburgh City Council’
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