We provide support to young carers between the ages of 8 to 18, whose lives are restricted in some way because they are supporting a person who is ill, has a disability, mental illness or is misusing a substance.  This could include a parent, sibling or close family member.This allows the young carer to take time out for themselves, socialise and cope with the demands placed on them as carers.

How does the service work?

We run regular clubs where young carers can safely talk about how they feel, meet other young carers, get support, advice and information as well as have some fun away from their caring responsibilities We also provide holiday activities and occasional weekends away.

The project looks to match support with the needs of the young carer. The young carer team visits every young carer and their family at home to design and plan support that meets individual needs and then on a on-going basis we review the support plans to ensure that they reflect  individual Young Carers' changing needs. We also talk to teachers to make sure they understand individual caring circumstances.

The services also provides accessible links to youth counselling and other agencies who can give expert advice and information on all issues that affect Young Carers.

Who is the service for?

Any young person aged between 8 - 18 that has a caring responsibility for someone they are living with due to a disability or substance misuse issue. 

How much does it cost?

There is a small charge of £2 per support club session & activity day costs are variable depending on the activity

Availability:

Support clubs are currently run on Monday and Tuesday evenings. For more information please contact the team during office hours.

Day

Term-Time

School Holidays

Monday 09:00-17:00 09:00-17:00
Tuesday 09:00-17:00 09:00-17:00
Wednesday 09:00-17:00 09:00-17:00
Thursday 09:00-17:00 09:00-17:00
Friday 09:00-17:00  09:00-17:00
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed
     

How to access this service:

Families can self-refer directly to KIDS using the contact details below. We also accept referrals from statutory and voluntary agencies.

Contact:

Phone: 01329 242966
Email: young.carers@kids.org.uk