Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18 years, who provide care to another family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental ill health, sensory disability or has problematic use of drugs or alcohol and the level of care they provide would normally be undertaken by an adult, thus impacting adversely on their childhood.
What sort of problems do young carers face?
- Not being able to concentrate in class
- Feeling tired all the time
- Feeling embarrassed to talk about their caring role
- Feeling worried about the person they care for and what is happening at home
- Not having the time to do homework and finding school life difficult to manage
- Being bullied
- Getting into trouble with teaching staff
- Missing out on spending time with friends
About our Young Carers’ Service
We offer numerous services and support for Young Carers and their families including:
- Young Carers Holiday Club time (during school holidays only)
- Red Club time (during term time only)
- One to one support
- Trips and activities
- Funding for hobbies and interests
- Consultation groups – Spoken and Heard
- Whole family support
What happens when you join our service?
We will arrange a time and place where we can meet up and talk about what your needs are.
Speaking to us does not mean that you will be taken into care or that your parents will be in trouble. We are here to offer advice, support and information for you and your family.
All the information that you share with us is confidential (unless you are at risk of harm). This means that we won’t tell anyone like parents, teachers, social workers or friends without talking to you about it first.
We just need your parent or guardian to sign a consent form so that you will be able to come out with us.
What do Young Carers’ Family Support Workers do?
- Give advice and support if you have any problems such as personal or health problems or bullying that you want to talk about in confidence.
- Organise free events and activities so you can get out and enjoy yourself and also meet other young carers who may be going through a similar experience to you.
- If you have problems with school, then we can talk to your school to help them understand your situation and become more flexible with school work and homework.
- Help you with any problem you may have with social services or health authorities.
- Give you information about the condition of the person you care for, what their medication does to them and details of other organisations who can help and support you.
- If you have any special hobbies or interests we can try and arrange for you to continue with these.
- Organise young carers’ help groups which may help with feelings of low self esteem, anxiety or lack of confidence.
How you can get help from this service
If you have any problems or would just like someone to talk to in confidence then either give one of our Young Carers’ Family Support Workers a call on 01928 580182, email them or fill out the Contact Us form on this website and someone will call you.
You can also download the Young Carers Referral Form, then complete and return to:
Halton Carers Centre
62/64 Church Street
Click on the Facebook logo to visit our Young Carers Facebook Page for lots more information on our service including details of events and Carers’ Centre news updates. You can also send messages to our Young Carers’ Family Support Workers if there is anything you need to ask.
You can also visit YoungCarers.net which is managed by Carers Trust and has some great stories, support and information for young carers.