Local charity, Care for the Carers, have launched a new young carers service to support young carers in East Sussex.
The young carers service is for all young carers living, attending school or caring for someone in East Sussex. The service will provide support to young carers, aged 5 to 17 years, before they reach crisis point and to help their physical and mental wellbeing.
Services include providing information, signposting and supporting young carers to access services and activities. A Young Carers Club will be starting in April 2021 and the charity already provide holiday activities and a counselling service called Teen Talk for young carers aged 12 years and above.
Statutory young carers assessments are provided by Imago East Sussex Young Carers who also offer other services to young carers in East Sussex.
Over 21000 young carers in East Sussex..
A young carer is someone under 18 years of age who provides care and/or support to a family member, including siblings, or a friend, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to illness, disability or age, and caring can involve physical and/or emotional support. There are an estimated 21,000 young carers in East Sussex, although the actual figure is unknown because so many young carers are hidden.
Michael is 10 years old and lives in Eastbourne. He cares for his mum who has fibromyalgia. Michael says; “I like going to Care for the Carers Young Carers as I get to meet others who also care like me. It can be a bit lonely being a young carer and seeing other children cheers me up.”
Samuel, 9, and twins, Benjamin and Oliver, 5, live in Bexhill and care for their Mum, Nicki. Nicki, was diagnosed with Non Epileptic Attack Disorder, which means she can experience over ten seizures a day. The boys help out around the house, know to deal with seizures and help to keep Mum smiling.
Nicki says, “Coming to the Care for the Carers Young Carers service has given them something to look forward to, and something just for them. It was especially good for them to meet other young carers.”
Jennifer Twist, CEO, Care for the Carers says; “We are delighted to announce our new young carers service that will provide support to young carers who juggle school and college with their caring role and miss out on friends and activities. The pandemic has exacerbated these challenges with young carers experiencing an increase in their caring responsibilities. Our service will offer many benefits to young carers such as reducing the social isolation they experience, increasing their confidence and improving their health and wellbeing.”
“The service launch coincides with Young Carers Action Day which takes place on 16th March 2021 and has the focus on Protecting Young Carers’ Futures, and making sure that all young carers get the support they need to go after their dreams. We want all young carers in East Sussex to know that they are not alone. If you are a young carer, or you know a young carer, who would be interested in support from us, please get in touch.”
Care for the Carers are also providing support for professionals and practitioners working with children and young people to help identify, refer and help young carers. Young Adult Carers aged 16 to 25 years are also helped by the charity.
The service is supported and funded by BBC Children in Need, The Masonic Charitable Foundation, National Lottery Awards for All and UK Youth.
To find out more, or to refer a young carer contact Care for the Carers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07874 853703. Find out more at: https://www.cftc.org.uk.