SYC at Imago Community

SYC is the borough wide service for Young Carers in Southwark, provided by Imago Community

Young Carers

are anyone aged 8-18 who are taking on caring responsibilities for a family with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue.

Young Adult Carers

Are those aged 18-24.

Young Person aged 8-24 with caring responsibilities for another family member with a long term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issues.

Accessibility of this service

Via Referral Form at

How this is provided

Face to face, group work, school work, over the phone, online, respite activities and chill clubs

How can I access this service?

After referral we will carry out a young carer’s assessment and then support can be offered appropriate to the needs of the young person.

Do you need to pay for this service?

The core service is commissioned by LB Southwark and is provided free at the point of access

Some residential and day trips may have a small element of parental contribution, although we do fundraise to help make this a minimal cost

Confidentiality and Impartiality

Our service is confidential and you will be asked for permission for us to speak with professionals on your behalf. This service is at arm’s length to the council meaning that the advice we provide is completely impartial.

Useful to know

Being a Young Carer can have a negative impact on a Young Person such as low confidence and self-esteem, low educational attendance & attainment and poor physical & mental health. Southwark Young Carers (SYC) will aim to reduce the negative and highlight the positive impact of being a carer such as increased resilience, empathy, non-judgemental attitude and caring nature.

Training provided:

Yes –


Drop in service We work with schools in the borough and provide a drop in service as required – for more information please contact the hub – 0300 111 111 0