Linked Up is the bit of Carers Link that supports Young Carers and Young Adult Carers in East Dunbartonshire. So if you or anyone you know are aged between 8 and 25, and provide care or support to a family member or friend who might be struggling with a disability, chronic illness, mental health problem, or substance misuse, we can help.
It’s easy to get in touch with us!
You can call us free on 0800 975 2131, or you can call/text the Linked Up mobile 0790 388 9858
How do we support Young and Young Adult Carers?
More than anything, we are here for you to talk to. Talking over things always helps which is why for many young people the best method of support is to have the chance to talk about what’s going on at home to people who understand and won’t judge. If you would prefer to talk to us online, you can chat to us live on the Linked Up website, or you can join the forum and share your experiences and ask questions of other carers.
We run regular social groups where you can meet other young people who are in a similar situation, share experiences and build new friendships.
The Linked Up project has access to many services around East Dunbartonshire that can support you and your family. We can also provide you with information to do with your caring role and any financial help you might be entitled to.
For many people, caring can be very confusing. You might not know what help is out there or how to go about getting it. Advocacy means that we will listen to you and if appropriate, help you write letters, fill out applications, and prepare for and attend meetings with you. We make sure your voice is heard.
We can help you find out about opportunities for work and training, learn new skills, and gain confidence.
To find out more, go to the Linked Up website
Accessing our support
A young person who has a caring role can refer themselves to Carers Link, or they can be referred to the project by staff within schools, social work, GPs, healthcare staff, voluntary organisations as well as other agencies.
If you would like to make a referral for a young carer under 16 years old then we request you complete a simple referral form.
- This form can be completed online and sent on to us directly by clicking on this link.
- Alternatively, you can download and complete the Referral Form and then send it to us using the contact details below.
If you would like to refer a young person who is over 16 then you can contact us directly, no referral form is required.