Support for Young Carers

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Young Carers are children and young people aged 5 - 18 whose lives are affected by caring for an unwell member of their family.

They care for a relative who may have a physical or learning disability, a long term illness, a terminal condition, mental illness, or difficulties with drug or alcohol use. 

Caring may be physical, emotional or both.

Physical caring may include:
  • Fetching and Carrying
  • Cleaning the house, shopping, cooking meals for the family
  • Getting siblings ready and making sure they get to school
Emotional caring may include:
  • Listening, encouraging, calming and giving reassurance to the person that they care for.
  • Accompanying them to the shops or doctor/hospital appointments

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Young Carers may feel good about the help that they give and be proud of the skills they have. However caring may also have an impact on:

  • Their attendance at school or college
  • Completing homework and gaining qualifications
  • Taking part in after school clubs, school trips or residential opportunities
  • Enjoying time with friends or doing hobbies
  • Their own mental health and emotional wellbeing

Children should not undertake inappropriate or excessive caring roles that have an impact on their development and wellbeing.

Support available for Young Carers

Barnardo’s and YMCA are working together to make sure there is the right support in place for young carers.

These include:
  • Activities and outings to give a break from caring responsibilities
  • One-to-one support to Young Carers who have complex needs
  • Work with schools on how to support Young Carers and their families
  • Support with their emotional well-being with our child well-being practitioners offering CBT interventions
  • Signposting to other support services
  • Support for a Young Carer’s transition to being a Young Adult Carer
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Contact

West & Central Hub
East Newport Family Centre
Furrlongs
Newport
PO30 2AX

01983 529208

North East Wight Hub
Ryde Family Centre
George Street
Ryde
PO33 2JF

01983 617617

South Wight Hub
Sandown Family Centre
The Fairway
Sandown
PO36 9EQ

01983 408718

iowfamilycentres@barnardos.org.uk

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