Supporting Young Carers
We run carers’ groups in Norwich to support young carers – anyone aged between 5 and 18 who is affected by a family member who has:
- A physical disability
- A long-term physical illness
- A sensory impairment
- A mental health problem
- A learning difficulty
- Drug or alcohol misuse problems
Caring can mean giving someone practical help, like helping a parent to get dressed, but it can also be in the form of emotional support, for example, caring for someone with mental health problems. These extra responsibilities for young people mean that sometimes they miss out on social opportunities and feel isolated by their situation.
Our groups give young people a chance to socialise with other young carers on a regular basis, have fun, learn new skills and benefit from the support and guidance of Support Workers. We provide young carers groups for children aged 5-11 years and 12-18 years in Norwich and aim to remove barriers that may be limiting young people from achieving all that they can be, giving them a space to be themselves and to grow in confidence.
If you are a Young Carer or know of a Young Carer, then please fill in the Young Carers Referral Form 2021 and return it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 01603 219924.
At the moment we are experiencing high demand for our young carers groups for children aged 5 – 11 years. We have taken the difficult decision to temporaily close our waiting list for this age group with immediate effect. We will review the situation in December. Whilst we do also have waiting lists for children aged 12 – 18 years these are much smaller so we are still accepting referrals for this age group.
“I like being a young carer because I like taking care of my mum and helping her when she needs help. When I go to the young-carers club I get to see one of my best friends and also get to do fun tasked/activities and when we do everyone is happy and we have a-lot of fun! And again also it lets me get a bit of stress off my shoulder by seeing my friends and knowing that while I’m not there she is being took care of” – Elizabeth, aged 11
“I am a young carer and help care for and support my mum who has mental health difficulties and hearing loss. I also support my brother who has special needs. I love going to our young carers group and have lots of fun, I take part in activities, games and crafts. It gives me a chance to have some time just for me with others that understand. Getting together online with our friends from group is really important to us at the moment” – Chloe, aged 10
“I just wanted to say thanks again for what you are all doing. He really looks forward to the session and it’s his lifeline at the moment, you have managed to make zoom sessions interesting and fun” – Parent of Bobby
Please call us on 01603 219924 or email us on email@example.com to find out more about any of our services or how we might be able to help you
Our Young Carers Project is funded through charitable grants and donations.