Supporting Young Carers
We run carers’ groups in Norwich to support young carers – anyone aged between 5 and 16 who is affected by a family member who has:
- A physical disability
- A long-term physical illness
- 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 5-12 years and 12-16 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.
****We regret that due to increasing demand and the size of our current waiting lists, we are not accepting any new referrals for our 6-12 year old groups until September 2018. This decision has been made to avoid giving families false expectations at the time of referral, as our current waiting time is six to 12 months.
We are still accepting referrals for our 12-16 year old groups.***
If you are a Young Carer or know of a Young Carer, then please fill in the Young Carer Referral Form 2018 and return it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 01603 219924.
Our Young Carers Project is funded through charitable grants and donations.