Young Carer Support
A young carer is someone under the age of 16 who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support
What might a young carer do?
- Practical tasks, like cooking, housework and shopping.
- Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
- Emotional support, including talking to someone who is distressed.
- Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
- Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
- Helping to give medicine.
- Helping someone communicate.
- Looking after brothers and sisters.
How Do Trafford Carers Centre Support Young Carers?
Groups and Activities
Being able to spend some time socialising is really important for young carers, so they can make friends and have a break from their caring role. We run a number of exciting activities during every school holiday period and during the school week.
We work with schools to help identify and support young carers, ensuring that teachers and support staff feel confident in the help they offer.
Our Young Carers Team strive to raise awareness of the impact a caring role has on both young carers physical and mental wellbeing. We deliver assemblies and staff training sessions in schools. We also offer regular awareness training sessions to professionals working with young people.
One to One Support
Young carers can learn lots of useful skills through their caring role, but it can also impact on their health, social life and self confidence. Our Young Carer support team can help young people on a one to one basis, in school, at home or another place where they feel comfortable.
Other Support includes:
- Information, advice and guidance, including one-to-one support and age appropriate information
- Emotional support
Resources providing guidance on how to support children and young people following bereavement.