New Young Carer's Package?

From cinema tickets to first aid training, young carers can now access a special range of opportunities - totally for free! If you’re 11-18 and helping to care for a family member, friend or someone in your community, all you need is a Young Scot card to sign-up...

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 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?

The types of benefits may differ across Scotland, depending on where you live and what services are available there, however Young Scot are aiming to make a good range of helpful non-cash benefits available no matter where you live.

Entertainment

You could catch one of the latest blockbusters with a free cinema ticket for Vue, Odeon, Cineworld and several independent cinemas around Scotland.

You can also claim a free 12-month taste card to get 2-for-1 or 50% off meals out from a huge range of independent and chain restaurants around the UK, including Pizza Express, YO Sushi, Frankie & Benny’s and many more!

Travel 

You can also access discounts to help you get from A to B or to enjoy a short break away! Visit all of Scotland for less with 30% off all fares with Scottish Citylink and an amazing 50% off breaks with Hostelling Scotland.

Education and Learning 

Get prepared for school at a lower price with the Young Carers Package! You can get 20% off at BE School wear, and there are lots of options for discounted study guides with Hodder Education, Leckie and Bright Red Publishing. There will also be first aid training available as part of the package with St Andrews First aid. Check in regularly to see when it will be available in your area. You can now access an online first aid training course from St Andrews First Aid, log in to your account and sign up today.

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.

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?

To access the package you will need a Young Scot National Entitlement Card. All young people in Scotland, aged 11-26, are entitled to one. Visit our Young Scot Card information page to find out how to get your card.

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.