What's in the Young Carers Package of Opportunities?

If you’re aged 11 to 18 inclusive, and helping to care for a family member, friend or someone in your community, you can sign up for the Young Carers Package. From Headspace Mindfulness App subscriptions to Netflix E-Vouchers, young carers can access a special package of treats - for free!

Don't have your Young Scot National Entitlement Card? No problem. You can still sign up for Young Scot Membership and get access to the Young Scot Young Carers Package.

Who is a young carer?

A young carer in Scotland is anyone, aged under the age of 18 who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

Caring includes: 

  • medical or nursing care, such as helping someone to take medication or applying dressings  
  • personal care, such as helping to wash, dress or eat 
  • practical support, such as taking a person shopping or to medical appointments, cleaning or accompanying them to social events 
  • emotional support 

What does does a young carer look like? Take a look at our information on identifying a young carer.

What is on offer?

A group of young carers from across Scotland shared their experience of caring and helped Young Scot to create a package of benefits to be offered to all young carers in Scotland. The aim is to support young carers to make the most of their leisure time, learn and feel more confident.

What does the package include?

Young carers can make direct claims and enter to win a variety of entitlements including online vouchers and subscriptions. Currently, this includes Headspace Mindfulness App subscriptions, Hey Girls Sanitary Products E-Vouchers, mobile phone top-ups, Netflix E-Vouchers, Amazon E-Vouchers, Love2Shop E-Vouchers and Book Tokens. 

New treats will be added the package regularly so make you sign in to see what is on offer!

Where has the package come from?

The package of non-cash benefits is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting young carers. This commitment also includes the Young Carer Grant, for young people aged 16-18, with a significant caring role. Find out more about the Young Carer Grant.

When does the package launch?

The full package is now available to all young carers aged 11 - 18 in Scotland, who have a Young Scot card. 

Which young carers can access the package?

All young carers, aged 11-18, are entitled to access the package of non-cash benefits. 

I'm a young carer, how do I apply?

Want to apply for the Young Carers Package? Check out our guide for help with signing up!

Find more information on the Young Carers campaign page.