Who are we?

Edinburgh Young Carers (EYC) is a Company Limited by Guarantee - Registered in Scotland No 212971 - and is recognised as a Charity in Scotland by the Inland Revenue - No SCO 26270.

It was established in 1994 as a community development project in North East Edinburgh and with support from the local authority and National Lottery Charities Board expanded in 1996 to provide support to young carers from across Edinburgh. It became incorporated as a not for profit, Company Limited by Guarantee in 2000.

It is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors and employs a Chief Executive, eleven members of staff, a pool of sessional workers and volunteers.

Edinburgh Young Carers is one of the most well established and largest organisations in Scotland dedicated to working with and supporting young carers.


To make a positive difference in the lives and futures of young carers through support, information, respite and personal development and training


Provide Services

  • Person-centred emotional and practical support for young carers in groups and one-to-one
  • Information and links to services for the families of young carers and/or to the person being cared for
  • Opportunities for young carers to get away from their caring situation and have fun
  • Support to facilitate social inclusion

Promote Development

  • Raise awareness of young carers and their needs
  • Provide training to agencies and professionals
  • Develop partnerships to address the needs of young carers
  • Support research and provide data

Inform Policy and Practice

  • Inform local and national policy and practice
  • Promote the rights and needs of young carers
  • And support young carers to participate and express their own views


All work undertaken by Edinburgh Young Carers is informed by a commitment to the following values and principles:

  1. A person-centred approach to work with young carers and their families
  2. Respecting, promoting and implementing young carers, children’s and young people’s rights (including the Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989)
  3. Child protection
  4. Equal opportunities in all aspects of our work
  5. Mutual respect for others both in and outside the organisation
  6. Quality and Best Value in all aspects of our work
  7. Partnership with young carers, professionals and other agencies
  8. Openness and accountability
  9. Social inclusion and participation