A young carer has significant caring responsibilities for a member of their family who has:
- Physical disability
- Chronic, long term or terminal illness
- Learning disabilities
- Speech, sight or hearing loss
- 54% of young carers live in lone parent families
- One in three regularly miss school
- 71% are bullied because of their caring responsibility
- 40% care for someone with mental health problems
- 5-9 year olds
- 10-13 year olds
- 14-18 year olds.
- To ensure regular contact between young carers who may be (or become) at risk as a result of their caring role
- To give the young carers the chance to have time away from their caring role, to have regular fun in an age appropriate way.
- To spend time with a peer group that have shared experiences - this has been shown to reduce their isolation caused by having significant caring responsibilities.
- To improve the young carers physical and mental health through 'issue based activities' provided on the regular respite & activities including mental well health & relaxation, self defense and assertiveness training, sexual health, manual handling, safe caring boundaries, alcohol awareness, bullying and resilience workshops.