The experiences of young carers can be quite different to those of their peers, they may not be able to have a family holiday or socialise with friends. Their educational journey is likely to be more difficult as a result of the caring role they have which in turn may impact on the opportunities available to them.
Warwickshire Young Carers provide an holistic approach, ensuring that young carers are afforded a break from their caring responsibilities, and supported to achieve their aspirations, by:
Assessing young carers upon referral to us to provide targeted support.
Encouraging and enabling the voice of young carers to be heard.
Providing opportunities for young carers to meet each other, make new friends, learn new skills and have fun.
Organising regular group activities, workshops, days out and short breaks.
Providing information advice and guidance to young carers and their families.
Supporting young carers and young adult carers to navigate key transitions.
Referring and signposting young carers to access help from other agencies and service providers.
Training professionals to support young carers, increasing awareness and identification.
We work across Warwickshire within a variety of settings including schools, social care and youth and community centres, to support young carers, providing them with opportunities to relax, take a break, and achieve their aspirations. This is achieved through group activities, one to one support, provision of information, advice and guidance with the aims of reducing inappropriate caring responsibilities and promoting positive wellbeing.
Warwickshire Young Carers are the only service within the County to exclusively support young carers and young adult carers. We have developed and adapted the charity over 18 years to meet the needs of the children and young people we support.