Young Carers are children as young as five years old, and any young person aged under 18, whose life is restricted in some way because they look after someone else on a regular basis.
There are approximately 10,000 Young Carers in Essex and 700,000 across the UK . They may be the main Carer, or provide partial care for their mother, father, brother, sister or other family member due to mental or physical illness, old age or disability.
The person being cared for may have a long-term illness, a physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulties, mental illness or be affected by alcohol/substance misuse.
Our School Service provides:
- One-to-one support sessions in school giving Young Carers the opportunity to talk confidentially to somebody who understands.
- Practical support such as providing support in meetings with teachers to explain why, for example, they have fallen behind with their homework.
- Informal drop-in groups where Young Carers can meet others in the same situation and access information and advice.
- Information on how to access Respite Clubs in the local area where Young Carers can meet other young people in the same situation.
- Raising awareness of Young Carers to both staff and students through PSHE lessons, assemblies and Teacher Training.
Young Carer Club Nights
Our Young Carers Club nights run on weekday evenings at youth centres in Colchester, Loughton, Harlow, Maldon and Stansted.
Many events take place at club night including access to computers, games such as pool and table tennis, arts and crafts, life skills such as cooking and varied seasonal activities. Occasional trips and other activities run over school holidays.
Clubs give Young Carers a chance to make friends who are also caring for someone, to have fun and a break from their caring role.