Young carers are young people who undertake caring roles for someone at home - typically a role that an adult would normally take on. Some provide support a parent or carer who has a physical disability and others care for someone with mental health difficulties. Caring can be practical, such as cooking and cleaning, or emotional support. Some young carers play a significant role in caring for a sibling with a long term condition or disability.
Many families with young carers rely on them to keep the family safe and well and young carers are often proud of their achievements and contribution.
Young carers can also feel isolated and that they miss out on the social activities that other young people enjoy. Caring responsibilities can impact on learning, friendships, confidence and mental health.
Young carers services aim to help young carers deal with these challenges and ensure families get the support they need.
Currently, Carers Act assessments for young carers are provided by Barnardo's who also offer support and activities for young carers. To find out more or request an assessment go to http://www.barnardos.org.uk/kirklees-ycs/kirklees-ycs-make-a-referral.htm
At Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust we've supported young carers for many years. Our 'Young Carers Look In' helps young carers understand their situation and feel less isolated. Our 'Look Out' activities build confidence and encourage them to try new things.
Young Carers Look In
Are you a young carer aged between 8-18? Do you help care for your brother or sister? Would you like to join in our ‘Look In’ project?
We will be delivering two Look In projects, one in North Kirklees (Tuesday evening) and one in South Kirklees (Thursday evening). These groups will run every week at the same times and we can provide transport to and from home if needed.
This group will provide a chance for you to relax with other young people in similar situations, learn about yourselves and others through fun interactive activities.
Please Contact Us if you are interested, or download the Information Leaflet for further details.