Young carers often remain hidden in their communities, not getting the support they need. There are many reasons young carers go unidentified including a lack of public understanding about who young carers are and young carers themselves not realising that their lives are different from other children’s.
However, one of the main reasons young carers slip through the net is because their parents do not have an obvious condition - so people do not realise young people are caring or think they need any help. This situation can be made worse if the condition itself is stigmatised and a young carer or their family is reluctant or fearful of seeking help.
Young carers and their families who may be more likely to experience stigma can benefit from different types of support.
The project aims to provide a range of emotional and practical support to families in order to improve outcomes for young carers, the substance misusing adults they care for and the wider family.
This initiative brings together knowledge, skills and experience from the adults and children’s sector to deliver a whole family approach that looks at how substance misuse effects the whole family.
An initiative that works closely with families affected by HIV, faith and community leaders, schools, local social services and GPs to provide all round support for young carers.