What does the Young Carers Service offer?
Individual Support Plans. All Young Carers and their parent/guardian are offered an assessment. During the assessment, our Family Support Officers will discuss with the young person and their family the support they require and make an assessment of the young person's needs. They will then draw up an action and support plan detailing how these needs can be met. The support that can be offered by the service for Young Carers and their families includes:
Trips and Regular Activity Sessions
We have lots of trips, activities and events for Young Carers to come to. The activities are a chance for Young Carers to have a break from their caring role, meet other Young Carers and try out new things and places.
Training & Support for the Future
We hold training sessions to support Young Carers in their caring role, for example, First Aid Training. We have also held workshops ie Employability & Life Mapping, providing Young Carers with the opportunity to think about their own future and aspirations and how they can achieve them
Weekly Drop in
on a Thursday evening 5.30 - 7.00pm (During Term Time). Providing 1:1 support to any Young Carer who would like the chance to offload or talk about anything that is worrying them around their caring role.
We offer One to One support to those Young Carers who are going through an especially tough time with their caring role. It is a chance to talk through any problems and find ways of making things better.
Young Carer Break Awards
This is a small amount of funding (up to a maximum of £250) that we are able to award to Young Carers, depending on the level of care that they are providing, to allow the Young Carer to access an activity or item that will enable them to have a break from their caring role.
Residential trips are offered to those Young Carers who have limited opportunities to get away or spend time with friends or have a particularly difficult or high level of care that they are providing at home. Past trips have included staying in London and visiting Colomendy in Wales. These trips enable Young Carers to learn new skills and meet new friends.
We are very keen at the centre for Young Carers to be involved in the development of services that are in place to support them and their families, we will regularly invite Young Carers to meetings and the Young Carers Committee to have their voices heard.
Every Young Carer who is registered with the service will receive a regular Young Carers Newsletter, which will inform them of local services, updates with regards to the centre, competitions and much more!
Some of the older Young Carers who are registered with the service take on a mentoring role to help younger Young Carers in the centre activities, and also with support and advice with regards to coping with their caring roles.
We hold lunch time drop in sessions at some schools. These offer a chance to catch up with staff from the Young Carers Centre and the other young carers at your school. If you are a school who would like to hold a drop in, please contact us.
The Focus Groups aim to provide Young Carers who are in similar situations with the oportunity to talk to each other about their caring roles and develp peer networks and long-standing friendships where there is a common ground. The aim of the groups is that Young Carers who attend will learn coping strategies, share experiences and increase in confidence