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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.

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 …

News

Mary and Sarah from the Linus Project came to club last night with some beautiful handmade quilts to give to our Young Carers. Thank you so much for these gorgeous gifts, they loved them! ...

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We only have one more club at Hereford, Ross and Leominster before the New Year so expect lots of festive fun this week. Here are some pictures of the Young Carer Christmas Tree decorated with their hand painted baubles. Well done everyone who helped with this, fantastic work! ...

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1 week ago

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Our Young and Young Adult Carers had a brilliant time when we went to see Cinderella on Friday night. Huge thanks to the Courtyard for generously giving us the tickets, it gave these children and young people a very welcome break from their caring responsibilities and a big dose of fun! ...

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Christmas decorations made from air dry clay and pebble painting were just two of the many activities our #YoungCarers enjoyed at club this week. They also decorated gingerbread cookies which you could theoretically hang on the tree if any of them made it that far! ...

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2 weeks ago

Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers

Christmas decorations made from air dry clay and pebble painting were just two of the many activities our #YoungCarers enjoyed at club this week. They also decorated gingerbread cookies which you could theoretically hang on the tree if any of them made it that far! ...

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2 weeks ago

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This week at club saw our Young Carers making air dry clay decorations, painting pebbles and decorating Christmas cookies which could theoretically be hung on the tree, though none of them made it that far! ...

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Some people see a bin and some cups, our Young Carers see a chance to make some noise! ...

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3 weeks ago

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Huge thanks to BBC Children in Need who have funded our Young Carer Clubs and made it possible to give these amazing young people a break from their caring responsibilities and the chance to meet others in similar situations. Watch our short video below to see how important this work is. ...

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It’s been another activity-packed week at club! The nights may be cold, wet and dark but that’s no problem for us. We’ve been very busy making our own baubles for the Young Carers tree for the Xmas Tree festival at St Mary’s in Ross later this month. We’ve also begun to compose a new song for Young Carers Awareness Day in January as well as simply enjoying our usual fun and games together, like indoor archery and table tennis. ...

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4 weeks ago

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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