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What is a Young Carer?
We define a young carer as someone aged 5 -19 who carries out caring duties for someone close to them - siblings, parents, guardians and grandparents. This might include things like doing the shopping, carrying heavy things, looking after brothers or sisters, listening and emotionally supporting and dealing with money and bills.
What Does the Young Carers Project aim to do?
- Reduce the caring responsibility of young people.
- Improve emotional well-being of young people.
- Improve life chances of young people.
What Services do we Offer?
- One to one support for young carers and their parents/carers (advice, assistance, practical and advocacy)
- Family Support
- Themed group work
- Holiday and respite activities (& access to respite)
- Volunteer services
- Counseling (one to one)
- Group counseling for parents of young carers
- School liaison and one to one work in school
- Support for 16 -19 year olds moving on from or into further education, training, employment or into adult services.
- Support to attend young carers regional events and the national young carers’ convention;
- Awareness raising of young carers and the issues that affect their lives
Referrals must come to the project from a Social Worker as all young carers are potential Children in Need and this must be assessed by a Social Worker.
Young Carers Team are happy to attend home visits with social workers. Please contact the office.
For further advice and information please see the relevant sections below, or get in contact with Hartlepool Carers on 01429 283 095