We are still here for you….
Parents of young carers please request to join the Young Carer Parent Facebook page for updates, activity ideas to share with your children and information on education, health and wellbeing for you and young carers. Kate (Young Carers Session Worker) is videoing some craft activities for you to share with young carers and you can support each other as parents who have additional health and care needs in the family.
Louise (Young Carer Support Coordinator) and Kate are offering a listening service for you if you need it. If you have not received a message then please email Louise on firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Carers 12-18 years, Louise is ready to listen to you if you need someone to talk to. Please text 07549 682 166 for a call or email me on email@example.com.
Are you a Young Carer or do you know a Young Carer?
A Young Carer is a child or young person under the age of 18, who provides some level of unpaid care to another family member. And they can sometimes be as young as 5 years old.
Young Carers lives are usually restricted in some way because of the need for them to give care to another person (usually a family member) who is either ill, has a disability, is experiencing mental ill health, is affected by alcohol or drug misuse, or has a condition such as HIV/AIDS.
It is estimated that there are approximately 177,000 identified Young Carers in the UK. It is believed that the actual number is far higher.
The difference between young carers and other young people who help in the home is that young carers are often responsible for someone else in their family – in a way that most other young people aren’t.
What Young Carers could be doing?
- Domestic tasks washing, shopping, cooking, cleaning
- General care, giving medicine, assisting with mobility
- Intimate care washing, bathing
- Childcare – looking after brothers and sisters
- Emotional support listening, helping other family members to feel OK
What’s the effect?
- Feeling “different” and isolated from their friends / peer group
- Lack of time for homework, play, sport or leisure activities
- Feeling that no-one understands or listens
- Conflict between their needs and those of the person for whom they are caring, leading to possible feelings of resentment
- Health problems including headaches, stress related illnesses, lack of sleep, stress, anxiety
- Underachievement at school
What support do we offer Young Carers?
If you are registered with us as a Young Carer, the parents/guardians of young carers will be notified about the above clubs via email. Young Carers will be invited to the clubs via email and then it is the parent’s responsibility to accept the invite by registering their interest to book the young carers onto the clubs and individual events.
You can follow us on Facebook where we post information about each club.
If you are a parent/guardian of a Young Carer registered with us you will be invited to join our Young Carer closed Facebook group, for updates of groups, events and a platform to help communicate with other parents/guardian without sharing personal information about individuals.
For more information on carers/young carers including their rights and other support available for all Young Carers, please take a look at our Carers e-handbook on this site.
If you are a school, professional, parent/guardian or a Young Carers and would like to speak to someone about Young Carers please contact…
Young Carers Support Co-ordinator
Tel: 01702 393933