Our Young Carers Service provides advice, guidance and support to young carers. We accept referrals from education, health and social care professionals with consent from the young person and parent/carers (age dependent). We also accept self-referrals and referrals from parents.
We aim to promote social inclusion by working in a holistic way and listening to what a young carer tells us they need help and support with encouraging active decision making. We give young carers opportunities to be have fun, improve well being, provide peer support and develop life skills. We recognize the many skills and talents young carers have and endeavor to celebrate their brilliance.
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What do we offer?
We offer a range of support from dependent on what a young carer needs. This includes:
• Information, advice, guidance and signposting over the phone or by email. This can be for a young carer, their family or other professionals. No referral needed
• Advocacy for young carers who feel their voice is not being heard
• A weekly ‘drop in’ at our base, for young carers
• Group sessions for young carers to chill out and meet other young carers and promote well being
• Group activities for fun and learning
• 1-1 support with goal based action plans for young carers who need extra support
• Family support approach for families who are struggling
For primary and secondary schools in Bolton, we provide free ‘Awareness Raising of Young Carers and how to Identify a Young Carer.’ For further information on how we can support schools, Click Here
What age range do we work with?
We work with young carers from 8 to 18 years old and support with transition to our local adult carers service.
For young adults carers please contact https://www.boltoncarers.org.uk/
How to make a referral?
For any further information please email email@example.com
Download our information leaflet for professionals about the service.
Useful information on Young Carers Rights:
Know your rights as a Young Carer https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/being-a-young-carer-your-rights/
Legal advice for Young Carers https://childlawadvice.org.uk/information-pages/young-carers/
Being a Young Carer can often have a significant impact on a young person’s health and wellbeing. Young Carers may be investing a lot of time and energy into looking after a family member or friend and therefore not finding enough time for themselves. Many young people who have caring responsibilities notice a long-term negative impact on their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Being a Young Carer clearly has a profound and lifelong impact on their lives. For many, caring is not a totally negative experience as they value the responsibility they were given at a young age which they felt led to greater maturity than their peers. However, our work suggests that being a Young Carer generally has a negative impact on their mental health and life chances.
Nationally Young Carers have said that there should be “no wrong doors” for Young Carers and their families. Young carers should be identified, assessed and their families supported regardless of which service is contacted in the first place. Our service will work within Bolton’s Framework for Action outlining how Early Help will be delivered to facilitate a high quality, collaborative approach to holistic assessment, support and planning and enable positive outcomes for the whole family.