Examples of tailoring support for young carers
Whilst young carers will have many shared experiences, each young person’s caring role and its impact on them will be unique. Caring for people with different conditions, at different points in their illness, in different environments and for different family members will bring its own challenges, opportunities and experiences. Some services respond to this by providing particular support focused on groups or individual young carers.
FRESH (run by St Michael’s Hospice in Herefordshire) works to improve the life chances of young carers during the time of palliative care diagnosis and bereavement through a multi-disciplinary team based at the hospice.
CareFree offers one-to-one support, respite groups, advocacy and other services to young carers and their parents from asylum seeking, refugee or newly arrived families living in Leicester.
A partnership that works to improve the identification and understanding of the needs of young carers from military families and provides tailored support to their needs.
The workshops provide support and information to help young carers understand their brother's or sister's conditions.
Salford Young Carers Service operates on a three tier system. Young carers are assessed upon referral and then initially placed in band one with the intention of reducing their level of caring and their need for support. Intensive support is given to a young carer at the beginning, which then decreases as they move though the tiers.
Support and advocacy for young adult carers
The Suffolk Family Carers Transition Project provides support and advocacy services to young adult carers as they make decisions about their future and begin to access Adult Services.