Young carers in Helensburgh are being urged to get the financial support they are entitled to this festive season.

Social Security Scotland is encouraging eligible people to apply for the £359.65 Young Carer Grant this December.

Young carers may look after family members, friends or relatives who suffer from disability, illness or addiction.

This could involve helping with their mental health, reminding them to take their medication, doing their shopping, cleaning or cooking, or translating for them.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, said: “December is a busy and expensive time for everyone, with young carers balancing their studies and/or work alongside their vital caring roles.

“We’re urging young carers to do something for themselves this festive season and check if they could be eligible for Young Carer Grant.

"This money is designed to provide some recognition for the important role of unpaid young carers and allow them to take part in the same activities as their peers.

“Young carers aged 16, 17 and 18 can get this payment of over £350 each year as long as they remain eligible. They need to apply for the Young Carer Grant each year to get the payment.”

People can apply for Young Carer Grant online, via a paper application form or by calling Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222.

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