The 31st January 2019, marks the annual Young Carers Awareness Day. Young Carers are children and young people who undertake a caring role at home and find themselves physically and emotionally supporting parents, grandparents and siblings due to illness, disability, physical or mental health difficulties or substance misuse. Being a young carer can often have a negative impact on a young person’s ability to socialise, have fun, achieve at school and do the things that most young people take for granted.
The Worcestershire Young Carers Project is delivered by YSS and provides assessment, signposting, one to one and support to individual carers aged 7-24. The project also provides monthly youth clubs in Redditch (for your carers living in the north of the county) and in Worcester (for those living in the south) .
The south club has been held at Worcester Community Trust’s Warndon Community Centre for over 12 months and have been a great success. Adam from Worcester Community Trust runs these sessions and has enjoyed working with all the young people who have come through our doors.
The clubs have allowed young carers from the local community to have valuable rest bite from their caring role and meet new people with something in common. When asked what makes their club so special, young people regularly comment about the importance of having a safe space to be young people for one evening a month. It can make such a huge difference to their often isolated lives.
If you would like to know more about Worcestershire Young Carers, please visit https://www.yss.org.uk/worcestershire-young-carers or you can contact the team on
01905 619886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org