Young carers

What is a Young Carer?

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.

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 are children and young people under 18, whose lives are 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.

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?

    Need to speak to someone about young carers why not contact…

    Young Carers Support Co-ordinator
    youngcarers@southendcarers.co.uk
    Tel: 01702 393933

    If you wish to register a Young Carer, please fill in our online form or if you prefer you can print the registration form Young Carers Registration Form – if you do not have printer, please call us and we will pop one in the post for you.

     

    ONLINE COUNSELLING AND WELLBEING SUPPORT

    Kooth.com is a website that young people can use to get advice, support and guidance from qualified counsellors (UKCP and BACP accredited) via a live chat service or from young people of their own age via moderated forums for any problem, no matter how big or small, it is available on any internet enabled device.

    As a Young Carer do you feel like you need somebody to talk to about how you are feeling  – it’s a SAFE, ANONYMOUS and MODERATED service for Young People – Find out more here…

     

    Weekly After School Club 5-16 years – In order to accommodate the different age groups and tastes of our Young Carers, our Weekly After School Club runs for 6-8 weeks and then changes venue and activity every half term.  If you are registered (online form) as a Young Carer with us, your parents will be notified about new clubs via email or you can follow us on Facebook where we post information about each club.  For our latest clubs, see below:-

    Monthly Fun Event (MFA)  5-16 years – Our MFA is usually held on the last Saturday of the month and based on feedback from our Young Carers, we put on a variety of activities within Southend to suit all tastes.  Again, if you are registered (online form) as a Young Carer, your parents will be notified about new MFA’s or you can follow us on Facebook where we will also post information about each event.  

    Our fantastic Young Carers Weekly Club is opening its doors for the New Year 2020.

    We will be running our brand new Young Carers Weekly After School Club starting Tuesday 14th January 2020 and every Tuesday at the same time and place each week.

    Initially, this will be an Arts, Crafts and Games club for Young Carers aged 5-12 years but this will only be until our new Young Carers Support Co-ordinator joins us. The club will then grow and develop to offer different activities to suit different ages and interests – Book Now!