This project aims to support children and young people up to 25 years of age who help to look after a parent, guardian or sibling within their home who is ill or has a disability.
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Worcestershire Young Carers
The YSS Worcestershire Young Carer’s project aims to support children and young people who are carers.
The term young carer should be taken to include children and young people who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances…. a young carer becomes vulnerable when the level of care giving and responsibility to the person in need of care becomes excessive or inappropriate for that child, risking impacting on his or her emotional or physical or educational achievements and life chances.
To learn more, please download our adult fact sheet here – WYC Adult Fact Sheet
Watch “ A Day in the Life of a Young Carer”: this film was made by Worcestershire Young Carers with the help of www.fixers.org.uk and the funding they received from the National Lottery.
What sort of things do Young Carers do?
- Helping in the house – shopping, cooking, cleaning, washing &ironing
- Personal tasks – help with dressing, bathing & going to the toilet etc
- Looking after brothers and sisters
- Providing emotional support
- Giving medication
- Helping with communication
- Supporting at hospital appointments
- Helping with budgeting
YSS provides support for up to 250 young carers per month. This is mostly through clubs and activities although we also support around 30 young people on a one to one basis at any one time who have acute and complex needs.
Our work with Young Carers breaks down into 4 main areas:
- The core work of the project is to provide assessments of young carers needs and provide signposting, guidance and advice to young carers and their families.
- One to one support work for young carers with significant needs – who are vulnerable and have complex needs.
- Clubs and activities
For more Professional Referral Information read : Agency Referral Information -amended Oct 15
For a referral form:Young Carers Professionals Referral Form
For a young person self referral:Young Carers Self Referral Form
YSS Safeguarding Statement
YSS is committed to ensuring that children, young people and adults at risk who come into contact with YSS staff and volunteers are treated with respect, and are free from all forms of abuse or mistreatment. We are also committed to ensuring that all staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibilities, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and maintain the welfare and safety of those with whom they come into contact.
YSS have comprehensive safeguarding policies which are reviewed annually.
The designated member of staff responsible for safeguarding is Angela Parton, Operations Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
YSS Safeguarding policies: YSS Safeguarding policies.
Welcome to the Know Your Rights pack for young carers in England
This pack aims to make young carers aware of their rights –human rights, legal rights, and rights to access things like benefits, support and advice. It has now been updated to include the new rights under the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014.
Need to know where to find things out in a hurry? The pack is designed to easily link to areas you are interested in, and signpost to external information when needed. It has lots of links to useful and interesting resources that can help – and help raise awareness about young carers’ issues!
Know your rights : tcs_ycif_know_your_rights
YSS Ltd Worcestershire Young Carers Participation project in Worcestershire are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need have awarded them a grant of £41,000 over 3 years. This grant will fund and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in Worcestershire. This grant has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public, during which saw £26 million raised on Appeal night 2012.
The project is establishing a young carers participation group with regular monthly group meetings led by a skilled participation worker and supported by volunteers. The focus is on empowering young carers and giving them a platform to raise the awareness and issues of young carers in Worcestershire as well as producing regular newsletters and website/social media updates to reflect their thoughts and views and give them a collective voice.
This is following on from a recent request for young carers to attend and speak at a safeguarding conference where we realized the resources, responsibility and skills required to prepare them to carry out the role. However the positive effect on the young carers, who were involved in this one off event, was staggering in terms of their communication skills, self esteem and confidence.
Young Carers have subsequently asked to develop their own participation group in order to empower them to develop their own more pro-active approach to participation and awareness raising and to be involved directly and meaningfully in discussions and decisions that affect them. As well as monthly group meetings, young carers will accompany the participation worker to meetings with relevant groups/professionals such as health, GP’s. With the support of BBC Children in Need, Worcestershire Young Carers can employ a skilled Participation worker, one day a week, and they are already planning their first major event – a conference.
Quote from Mary Lewis, Team manager of Worcestershire young Carers said; “We could not reach out to the young people in Worcestershire without the support of BBC Children in Need. This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young carers and give them the support they need to let their voices be heard so that they can inform and shape services to meet their needs.”
Social Return on Investment:
An independent research associate completed this report in December 2014 and the findings were that for the period under study the project provided added value of £8.69 for every £1 of investment. The full report can be found here: WYC Social Return on Investment Report 2014
Activity Clubs and Breaks Away
We provide regular activity clubs on a monthly basis where young carers can have a break from their caring responsibilities, partake in positive activities and talk to other young carers, staff and volunteers about issues of concern. The project also aims to provide regular breaks and activities throughout the year that are fun and safe.
A large part of our work is raising the awareness of young carers needs within the county, providing literature and training for other organisations such as schools, GP’s, Children’s Services, etc. Also to influence the shape and design of services delivered by other agencies that young carers might be accessing.
The work of the YSS Worcestershire Young Carers project is largely shaped and developed by the young carers themselves. They help develop strategy, partake in regular focus groups and undertake their own awareness raising projects and partake in fundraising.
Factors which influence the extent and nature of a young carer’s tasks and responsibilities include the specific illness/disability of the person they are caring for, the family structure, gender, culture, religion, income, and the availability and the quality of professional support services.
Where there is a lack of appropriate support and adequate income some young carers experience impaired psychological and social development, including poor educational attendance and performance, restricted peer networks, friendships and opportunities. These will have implications for their own adulthood opportunities.
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Some interesting facts
- It costs £120 a year to provide a place for a young person to attend our regular activity clubs to ensure they can have a break from caring.
- Our bill for transporting young carers to and from activity clubs is over £8,000 per annum
- A one to one support programme for a young carer who is vulnerable with complex needs cost approximately £1,500 for 4 months
The project was transferred to YSS in 2003 from Worcestershire Association of Carers and has grown and developed significantly since that time.
The core work of Young Carers’ is to provide assessments of young carers needs and provide signposting, guidance and advice to young carers and their families. We provide regular young carers’ clubs on a two weekly basis where they can have a break from their caring responsibilities, partake in activities and talk to staff and volunteers about issues of concern. The project also aims to provide regular breaks and activities throughout the year that are fun and safe. A large part of the work the project undertakes is raising the awareness of young carers needs within the county, providing literature and training for other organisations such as schools, GP’s, Children’s Services, etc.