Young Carers Family Breaks

A young carer is anyone aged under 18 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, when caring for someone with a mental health problem. These extra responsibilities for young people mean that sometimes they miss out on social opportunities and can feel isolated by their situation.

Our Young Carer Family Breaks provide the opportunity for young carers and their families to relax and enjoy some quality time together. Our 3 – 4 day breaks help build family relationships, improve wellbeing and create happy, lasting memories.

We support families in finding a break suitable for their needs and provide a holiday pack with information and tips on how to get the most from their break away.

To qualify the young carer(s) and their families must:

  • Live in Norfolk
  • Have not had a holiday/break within the past 2 years
  • Demonstrate they are unable to fund the break themselves and can provide evidence that their annual household income is below £25,000
  • Provide their own transport to and from their break

Applications are by professional referral only. If you know of or are working with a family with a young carer who would benefit from a break, please complete the Application Form for Young Carers Family Break and return to us at info@norfolkfamilycarers.org or contact us on 01603 219924.

Only one break will be granted per family in any two year period and breaks must be taken in the UK.

TESTIMONIALS

What some of the Young Carers had to say:

“We had the best time ever,  I even made a new friend” – Tyler, aged 12

“I loved the Motor Cruise, there was this back bit to stand on and it was amazing. I loved it I want to go back next year. We saw swans and I splashed mummy with my paddle” – Darcy, aged 9

“I loved my holiday it was really nice to spend time with just mum, the best bit was getting in the outdoor pool when it was raining but the pool was heated” – Alfie, aged 12

“My favourite part was making huge sand castles, I enjoyed everything” – Harrison, aged 7

What some of the Parents to say:

“We all had fun on the holiday. Just spent time together relaxing.  It made it feel more manageable. Showed there are positives in life – we can have fun together as a family” – Zoe, Felthorpe, March 2020

“The break has allowed us to relax and enjoy some fun time together where we were not constantly having to think about making things accessible. The children could also see Dad being ‘capable’ of doing more things rather than just being poorly” – Katie, Rougham, July 2020

“So much less stress. Feel closer as a family and had time for fun and were able to talk and open up to each other as we had time to chill without everyday life getting in the way. Means more than words can explain to have a break away like this for families like myself” – Danielle, Norwich, August 2020

CONTACT US

Please call us on 01603 219924 or email us on info@norfolkfamilycarers.org to find out more about any of our services or how we might be able to help you

 

Young Carers Family Breaks are generously supported by Global’s Make Some Noise.