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Who are Young Carers?

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

HYCC 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.

About

About HYCC

Herefordshire Young Carers Club 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.

Clubs

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. 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:

Young Carers Leaflet

Young Adult Carers Leaflet

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New Clubs!

Exciting news,  thanks to funding from Herefordshire Council, Carers Trust 4all have been able to set up 4 new clubs for Young Carers across the county. In addition to  existing clubs in Hereford, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye (generously funded by Children in Need) there will now be clubs in Pembridge, Peterchurch, Ledbury and Bromyard too! If …

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If any parents are worried about their child's mental health then this is a great resource.
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This is from our Young Carers colleagues in Bristol and South Glos. but wouldn't it be lovely if schools in Herefordshire did something similar?We thought it would be lovely to share this with you to spread some positivity of the fantastic work from our local communities at this very difficult time 💜

Many young carers and their families are very vulnerable and so we would like to say a massive thank you to St Mary Redcliffe School for donating these lovely food parcels to their young carers.

The school will also be keeping in touch with their young carers during this very difficult time and doing everything they can to support them. Please share this as much as you can! 😁
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Thanks to Crystal Macangus, Community Champion from Tesco Belmont and her colleagues who kindly donated £300 so that our Young Carers can enjoy an action-packed day out in the summer holidays! We’re so excited and can’t wait to update you on where we go and what we do.

Student Mia Eacock and Mr Henton (Head Teacher) present a cheque to Susan Brace from Hereford Young Carers Club for £2500.A massive THANK YOU to The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School for their fundraising efforts on behalf of Young Carers. Their donation has enabled our Young Carer clubs to continue and we are extremely grateful for their support.

Bishop’s students, staff and Parents, Friends and Supporters Association have worked hard to raise the money following bag packs, fayres, bake sales, a golf day at Burghill. We commit fundraising for two different local and national charities every year.

Mr Henton said ‘It is a great privilege to support charities which improve the opportunities and quality of life for other people. As a Church School, it shows the commitment of everyone in our community in helping others’.

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.

Mobile: 07484 245128

Email: susan.brace@hycclub.co.uk