How can Sunderland Carers' Centre help Young Carers?
Not all young carers experience a negative impact as a result of their caring responsibilities but, particularly where other support is absent or limited, the young carer is vulnerable to a range of negative effects which can occur across the personal, social, health, education and employment aspects of a young carer's life.
At Sunderland Carers' Centre, our Young Carers Development Workers can give young carers an opportunity to explore their feelings and provide advice and information to help them and their families access relevant help and support.
We offer young carers time out through outings and activities. We run several weekly groups for different age ranges and have trips during school holidays which range from days at the farm to camping expeditions in the countryside. These are opportunities for young carers to meet and spend time with peers who are experiencing similar home situations.
Where needed the Young Carers Development Workers will give one to one support and advocacy to individual young carers.
We organise training to provide skills to young carers to help them in their caring situation, for example, first aid and cooking.
Apart from the support and reassurance offered by Carers' Centre staff, we also work with health, social services, education and other organisations to make them aware about young carers and the issues surrounding them. If you would like us to come and talk to your organisation please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or email us - click here.
We feel that an important part of our work with young carers is to ensure that they are in a position to make informed choices about their future and not have their aspirations restricted by their caring role.
If you know of a young carer please let them know about Sunderland Carers' Centre. If the young carer and their family would like help, advice or support they can contact us directly or you can pass on their details to us, with the family's permission.
For more information please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on
(0191) 549 3768.