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Welcome to Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers CIC

Young Carers are children and young people up to the age of 18 who help to look after a family member with an illness, disability or addiction to drugs or alcohol. Young people aged between 16 and 24 in a caring role are Young Adult Carers.

Young Carers often take on a lot of adult responsibilities that their friends and classmates don’t. For example:

    • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
    • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
    • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
    • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
    • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
    • Helping to give medicine.
    • Helping someone communicate.
    • Looking after brothers and sisters.

The Impact of Caring

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding but it can also have an impact on a young person’s education and social life. It can be hard to juggle homework, seeing friends or taking part in after-school activities with caring responsibilities.  Young Adult Carers can find trying to manage further education, work, relationships and their caring role very difficult. Many Young Carers can feel stressed or anxious, they may feel isolated and unable to access the same opportunities as other people their age. Nearly a quarter of Young Carers report being bullied because of their caring role.

Facts and Figures

  • It is estimated that there are up to 4000 Young Carers in Herefordshire
  • Research indicates that 1 in 12 young people in UK secondary schools are either impacted by family ill health or carry a caring responsibility
  • In a recent survey 39% of Young Carers said no one at their school was aware of their caring role
  • The average age of a Young Carer is 12
  • The 2011 census identified more than 375,000 young adult carers in the UK, but this is believed to be a huge underestimate of the true numbers as many young adults hide their caring role or do not identify themselves as carers.
  • Caring can affect a young person’s health, social life and self confidence – over 45% reported a mental health problem.
  • 29% of Young Adult Carers had dropped out of college/university because of their caring role. This is four times greater than the national average for degree courses

HYYAC supports Young and Young Adult Carers and enables them to access opportunities to meet others in a similar situations and have a break from their caring role.

We have a face to face group that meets in Hereford, plus we also offer virtual clubs online. We are available to give support, advice and information via phone, text, email or messaging. Take a look at our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter or Instagram for regular updates .

Parents and Carers, please download our Online Safety Agreement

About

About HYYAC

Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers CIC provides support and respite for children and young adults who are caring for a family member with an illness, disability, mental health issue or problem with drugs or alcohol.

We are a Community Interest Company which means we are a not-for-profit social enterprise. Our current service has been made possible through funding from Herefordshire Community Foundation with a small grant from the High Sheriff Fund, a grant from the Sir John Middlemore Trust and donations from St Johns Methodist Church and the general public.  If you would like to help fund us, please visit our Crowdfunder here:  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/herefordshire-young-and-young-adult-carers

We run Young Carer clubs in different locations in the county, once a fortnight during term times. These clubs are a great way for Young Carers to meet others experiencing similar situations to their own and make new friends. They can access advice and information from our experienced staff, benefit from one to one support and take part in a variety of activities, games and workshops.

Clubs reduce social isolation, increase confidence and social skills, as well as providing a much-needed break from their caring role and the opportunity to simply be a child for a few hours and have fun. All of which helps Young Carers to build their resilience and achieve their aspirations.

We also provide confidential advice and support for Young Adults, aged 16 to 24,  in a caring role. We hold regular meetings so that people in similar situations can have a break from their caring responsibilities, find help and support, have fun and make new friends. To find out more just get in touch!

Trips and Outings

Young Carer clubs do not run during school holidays (but Young Adult Carer groups continue to meet regularly throughout the year). Instead we offer opportunities to take part in day trips and outings. We tailor our trips to cater for a wide range of interests and abilities so our Young  and Young Adult Carers can always find something that appeals.

Testimonials

What parents say:

“I think the sessions helped him realise he’s not alone and there are people looking out for him as an individual.”

“I think what you (and others like you at Young Carer’s) do, is amazing. I can see you put your heart and soul into making the young ones happy and safe”

What professionals say:

“I know that the children need and get so much from this support.”

“The peer support offered through these clubs and the team at Herefordshire Young Carers help our Young Carers to feel they are not alone and offers them time for themselves.”

What Young Carers say:

“It’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. I’m really happy now.”

“[Club is] our second home, a place where we feel safe and understood. A place where we all get a say and have the freedom to speak out and be ourselves.  I come here excited to learn new things and have a go at new experiences.”

“The one place we can talk about our feelings and be properly understood.”

Information for use offline

You can download our leaflets here:

HYYAC Leaflet

Young and Young Adult Carers Groups Leaflet

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We support children & young people in Herefordshire caring for someone with an illness or disability

Julia from @HerefordshireWildlifeTrust came along to club to talk to our #youngcarers about how they feel about nature, climate and how the Trust could get more young people involved. Spending time in nature is so beneficial for mental health and wellbeing, we need to protect our wonderful wildlife and green spaces and at the same time help Young Carers to have the opportunities to access them ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
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We are absolutely delighted to share that we have just been awarded National Lottery Community Funding to keep supporting Young and Young Adult Carers throughout Herefordshire. Huge thanks to @TNLCommunityFund and to National Lottery players for their invaluable support ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
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It's the time of year we start to think about the summer holidays and ask our #youngcarers what they'd like to do. We set up a suggestion station at club so they could jot down their ideas all evening. #youthled ... See MoreSee Less
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As #CarersWeek draws to a close it's a good time to remember that it hasn't ended for our #youngcarers and #youngadultcarers These are quotes from our groups, talking about their caring roles. They need our support this week and every week. ... See MoreSee Less
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We were on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester this morning, as part of #CarersWeek, talking about the groups and activities we offer #YoungCarers. Making new friends and taking a break from caring responsibilities are just two of the many benefits you can access when you register with us. ... See MoreSee Less
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YOUNG CARERS CLUBS UPDATE FROM SUSAN

Herefordshire Young Carers Club is entirely funded by grants and donations. Originally part of Herefordshire Carers Support, when that organisation ended in 2019, I was made redundant and the pot of money for Young and Young Adult Carers was transferred to hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service). Since 2019 I have delivered the service on …

Important Update

IMPORTANT – YOUNG CARERS CLUBS UPDATE Did you know Herefordshire Young Carers Club is entirely funded by grants and donations? Originally part of Herefordshire Carers Support, when that organisation ended in 2019, the funding for Young and Young Adult Carers was transferred to hvoss – Herefordshire (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service). The current Children in …

Aerial Dance Day

We had the chance to take part in the Great Outdoors project, with a wonderful trip to Longlands Care Farm to explore nature trails, enjoy a picnic together, play games and take part in trying some aerial dance with Everybody Dance.

Contact

If you’d like to find out more about how we support Young and Young Adult Carers or would like to access our clubs or outings please get in touch by phone or email or fill in our contact form below.

Mobile: 07484 245128

Email: HYYACinfo@gmail.com