Who is a young carer?
A young carer is a person under the age of 18, who provides a substantial amount of care to another person whilst assuming a level of responsibility. The person being cared for may be a parent, sibling or other family member who has a disability, learning difficulty, long-term illness, mental-ill health or drug and/or alcohol problem.
The young carer may be may the sole carer or be supporting another family in care tasks. The latest census estimates there are 166,363 young carers in England, compared to 139,000 in 2001 (The Children Society, 2013). 1 in 12 of these young people are caring for more than 15 hours per week.
Caring tasks young carers may be involved in:
- Practical care - Cooking, Cleaning, Shopping.
- Personal care - Washing, dressing or toileting.
- Family responsibilities - Managing money and household budgets, Completing forms and/or household responsibilities.
- Medical care - Reminding the cared for to take medication, administering medication, giving injections etc.
- Emotional care - Listening and/or talking to the cared for person about their feelings, concerns and difficulties.
- Care of younger siblings - Helping to look after a sibling because their parent/s are unable to, or need assistance at times.
How do we help?
For young carers we aim to:
- Provide young carers with an assessment to establish their individual needs and determine how they can be met.
- Take a whole family approach to consider family needs whilst signposting adults where appropriate.
- Give information and advice around local activities, national contacts and support services relevant to your situation.
- Hold various drop-ins around the bay for young carers to attend. This is an opportunity for young carers to meet other people in a caring role within a fun and relaxed environment. During these drop-ins activities are run so the young carers can have a break from their role, e.g. Arts and Crafts, Cooking, Pool.
- Arrange activities/outings during school holidays for young carers to participate in, e.g. Quazer, First Aid training, Family Swims.
- Provide individual support and befriending - This can include support within the family household or/and school. In various schools we hold lunch-clubs where young carers can come together to meet other students in a caring role.
- Keep young carers up to date with the project activities and relevant information via a mailing list
- Signpost to any additional support that is required by either the young carer or cared for person. We are able to refer you to other agencies where appropriate support can be given, this may be mental health support such as Culverhay or CAMHS, Integrated youth service.
For agencies and those working with young people and/or children:
- Advice on addressing young carer’s issues and making services more assessable to young carers.
- Support for those working with individual young carers.
If you would like to refer a young person to our service please contact using the details below.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 01803 208657
- Fax: 01803 208226