Who are young carers?
Young carers are children and young people who have responsibility, usually associated with an adult, for caring for a family member who may be physically disabled, experiencing mental ill health, suffering from a long-term illness or who are affected by substance misuse.
Gloucestershire Young Carers was set up in 1993 with the prime objective of offering young carers in the county a network of support, opportunities to enjoy their childhood and to meet with peers in similar situations to themselves. Gloucestershire Young Carers supports young people from 8 to 25 years old through our groups, events and specialist services. We have had referrals for children as young as 5 years old but at present, only have the capacity to offer a limited service to children younger than 8 years old where they are living with parental mental ill health.
Many young carers are isolated - unable to enjoy opportunities to take a break from their caring role.
Many of them have no one to talk to about their experiences.
Many of them are over looked by the many agencies that enter their home to help their family member.
At Gloucestershire Young Carers we aim to put the 'young' back in Young Carer by not only providing activity groups in their locality where they can drop in to have fun, but also by providing transport to get our young carers to groups.
How does Gloucestershire Young Carers help?
The support we offer includes: