Young Carers - Medway

If you are a Young Carer who lives in Medway, you can access our Medway Young Carers Project - Young Carers FIRST

Do you help to care for someone because of an illness, disability, substance misuse, mental health difficulty or bereavement, then we at Young Carers FIRST can support you!

We offer; Lunch Clubs, 1-1 Sessions, Trips Out, Youth Clubs, Fun Activities and Text Service

We also provide support, information and advice, including supporting you to talk about your caring role to others. 

Contact us

 phone our Carers Hub on 0300 303 1555
 email us at YoungCarers@carersfirst.org.uk

      


The Medway Young Carer project aims to support young people aged 5 to 18 who are in a caring role by offering them support and the opportunity to have a break from their caring role and meet others who are in a similar situation.

A Young Carer is someone aged between 5 and 18 who cares for someone. The person they care for could be a parent, grandparent or a sibling.

Following referral to Carers FIRST an assessment is done in the family home so the Young Carer Team can see a true picture of the situation the Young Carer faces and can suggest some support.

To register as a Young Carer or for more information please:

 phone our Carers Hub on 0300 303 1555
 email us at YoungCarers@carersfirst.org.uk


We hold monthly support groups for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, where they are able to meet other Young Carers, whilst enjoying some fun and games! 

During school holidays, including half terms, we also hold activities for Young Carers and Young Adults Carers. These can include anything from a trip to the cinema, first aid workshop and meals out! 

    Young Carers FIRST is funded by Children in Need  

    If you are over the age of 16 you may wish to visit our Young Adult Carer page full of information, including where to seek support for finances, mental health and education.


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    Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

    • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
    • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
    • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
    • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
    • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

    But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.

    Young carer and young adult carers in England have the right to information and to an assessment of the support they need from the council.

    The Carers Trust have written a free guide which explains what those rights are. It also tells you what should happen when you talk to the council about being a young carer or young adult carer. Young carers and young adult carers gave us advice about what would make this a great resource for them and their peers.

    It is written for all young carers and young adult carers, especially for those aged eight to twenty-five.

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