Young Carers Service
Young carers are children who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.
Their day to day responsibilities often include:
• providing nursing and personal care
• giving emotional support.
With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. Many struggle educationally and are often bullied for being ‘different’. They can become isolated, with no relief from the pressures at home, and no chance to enjoy a normal childhood. They are often afraid to ask for help as they fear letting the family down or being taken into care.
Here in Plymouth our service supports children and young people aged 8 – 18-years-old to:
• Make sure they are listened to
• Speak on their behalf at meetings and in school
• Talk about their situation and feelings
• Create a plan that focuses on them
• Provide groups for children and young people to meet with other young carers and to explore the issues that affect them
• Build confidence, have fun and learn new ways to handle difficult situations