What is a young carer?
A young carer is a child aged between 6 – 18 years who has a caring responsibility for a loved one they live with. Their caring responsibility will often be supporting a parent or sibling who has an impairment such as physical disability, mental health issues, substance misuse problems and / or other limiting conditions including terminal illness. Young carers are often isolated and encounter more barriers when trying to achieve positive things throughout their childhood.
Who are Cheshire Young Carers?
They are an independent charity supporting some of the approximate 8,000 young carers across the whole of Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East. Young Carers strive to reduce the impact on children who have caring roles, and help young carers have the same chances as other children their age.
What support does Cheshire Young Carers offer?
Cheshire Young Carers offers support for young carers through regular respite, fantastic school holiday programmes and have an extensive education support programme where they can help schools to identify and work with young carers to improve their life chances and educational outcomes. Cheshire Young Carers also have experience in delivering one to one support, helping families to access better support and improve their home life where possible. If there is a way Cheshire Young Carers can support young carers or advocate on their behalf, they will always try to help where realistically possible.
How do I refer a child to Cheshire Young Carers?
Referring to Young Carers is easy and any young carer can access resources and support. Referrals may be made via the Young Carers website or by speaking to your child's class teacher.