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Young Adult Carers

At Abbeygate we want to support all our Students and especially those with caring responsibility.

Suffolk young adult carers

As if college work was not tough enough, being a Young Adult Carer adds to the pressure of College and life. If you’re caring for a family member it can leave you feeling like there’s not time enough to fit in everything your course requires. If it’s affecting your study, we are there to help in partnership with Suffolk Family Carers.

If you are 15 to 24 years old and care for or an adult or are affected by a family member who has a physical or mental illness or drug or alcohol addiction, you are a young adult carer.

Suffolk Family Carers comprises of a team of professionals who want to help you, if you are struggling to cope, or if you just need some information to help you along the way.

Accessible via the Senior Welfare Officer at Abbeygate, you can make an appointment to talk through any issues you are dealing with, or drop into the lunchtime sessions Suffolk Family Carers run. For more information, visit or contact

Download leaflet with useful information for Young Adult Carers

Further information to Support you at College

Young Adult Carers are encouraged to access support provided by Student Welfare. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers to ensure we are providing you with the best support possible.

If you have caring responsibilities please come to the Student Welfare Room (2.63A) or email Senior Welfare Officer and Carers Lead, Lisa Bragg:

  • The College has a Bursary scheme for families on low income.
  • Abbeygate Young Adult Carers will be invited to take part in support groups
  • Counselling is available via the Welfare Service
  • Food parcels are available via the Welfare Service
  • Access to free sanitary products
  • Access to free contraception available

View policies including Young Adult Carers Policy