September sees the launch of two exciting new projects for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The first of our new support services will be launched online on the 15th September 2016 where a member of staff will be available once a week at a dedicated time for young carers and young adult carers to speak to online if they wish. The service can used to speak about any issues, ideas, suggestions, or anything more that young carers and young adult carers feel is important to them.
In addition, we are also launching a new Therapies Project for our young carer and young adult carer service users, which will enable them to share their experiences of a being a carer. This will involve working with a team of specialist practitioners who will support young carers and young adult carers to express themselves through the use of creative mediums such as art, drama, dance and music.
A Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk spokesperson, said: “These important new projects are responding to the changing support needs of carers and offer an extension to the comprehensive services we already offer. It is our intention that these services will eventually be introduced to unpaid family carers of all ages and to our Norfolk service.
“We are really interested to hear from anyone who has experience of working creatively and therapeutically with children and young people, so please come forward and volunteer some of your time with us. This is a really valuable opportunity to support a young person with caring responsibilities. Please get in touch!”
If you require any further information on the projects or can help, please contact us on [email protected] or 01480 499090.
* Not sure if you are a young carer or not? Do any of the following apply to you?
- Have a relative, including siblings, who are disabled, ill or injured, meaning that you have to care extra for them?
- Do chores for a relative, such as cleaning, because they are unable to?
- Live with a relative who misuses substances?
- Live with a relative who has issues with their emotional well being?
- Struggle to attend school or college regularly?
- Help look after someone which means that you can’t spend time with your friends or get your homework done?
Our projects enable young carers and young adult carers to meet other young people in similar caring roles and have fun away from their responsibilities. Activities and support includes:
- Regular groups
- Day trips
- Focus days and activities such as healthy eating and drama or photography workshops
- Residential trips away from home
- School groups and support within Further Education establishments
- 1:1 support if needed
- Transition planning and Carers’ Star Outcome support
- Online support