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Young adult carers

If you are 16-24 years old and provide support to a family member who has a long term illness, this could be either a physical disability, mental ill health or substance misuse, you are a young adult carer.

Young adult carers

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About us

Are you a young adult carer?

 

If you are aged between 16 to 24 years and provide care to a family member with a physical illness or disability, mental health or substance misuse problem, you are a young adult carer. Whether you are providing practical or emotional support to somebody in your family, or if you are struggling with your feelings, it is important to get some support. We can provide help as well as other useful tips and information.

 

To make a referral or for more information please see the ‘contact us’ section at the bottom of the page.

What we offer

 

We believe every young person who has a caring responsibility has the same right to life choices as their peers. Caring for a family member should not reduce your life opportunities.

We endeavour to support you through crucial points of your life whether this be deciding on further or higher education or employment, or choices about independence. We can offer one-to-one professional advice to support you and we also host support groups where you'll meet other young adult carers in the same position as yourself.

Our young adult carers project organises a series of fun events where you can let off steam, take a break, or just enjoy having fun. And we listen. Our young adult carer committee group meets regularly to shape the project activities.

 

How we can support you

 

We support you if you are finding your caring situation difficult, or are missing out on opportunities available to your peers because of what you do. The support we offer is based on your individual needs. Some examples of support include:

Time with an adviser to discuss your situation and learn new ways of coping

Information to help you understand the condition of your cared for

Time out from your caring role

An opportunity to meet other young adult carers, share experiences and support each other

Provide advocacy when a voice is needed

 

You may be reading this because you are a young adult carer, you know a young adult carer, or have heard about young adult carers and want to find out more.

We believe young adult carers have the same rights as any young person and are entitled to the same opportunities to have fun, learn, relax and get help and support when they need it.

Some young adult carers don't like to talk about their situation because they are worried about what other people will say or do. Others can be embarrassed about being a young adult carer.

Tips from our young adult carers include:

Don't bottle your feelings up, tell somebody how you feel

If you are struggling with your caring role, talk to an adult you trust

Don't be afraid to ask for help

It is important for you to know you are not alone; there are lots of young adult carers and support is always available.

 

Our work in colleges and sixth forms

 

We work hard to help colleges & sixth forms to identify and better support young adult carers. All our support workers regularly visit the colleges & sixth forms throughout Suffolk and talk to staff encouraging them to:

Identify a member of staff responsible for young adult carers

Draw up a policy to make sure that young adult carers are not forgotten

Set up drop ins with young adult carer (YAC) advisers in college / sixth form

 

In 2015 we established a young adult carers College Award, all 6 further education colleges in Suffolk are signed up to the award. We have also developed our Schools Award to include a sixth form element so that we can recognise the great work sixth forms in Suffolk are doing to support young adult carers.

If you have any useful feedback (positive or negative) regarding the support you have or have not received at college or sixth form please contact us using our secure site link in the contact us section below.

 

Have your say

 

No one knows more about your situation than you which is why we listen to what you tell us. Our groups of young adult carers meet regularly to discuss ideas and opinions. We believe you are the best people to tell us about

The support we offer and the ways we can improve it

How well other services, including schools, support you and other young adult carers

Fundraising ideas

How we can help other people understand young adult carers

 

Information for professionals

 

Please note: accessing any of the links below will take you to external websites for more information

If you think you know a young adult carer, talk to them to establish the nature and extent of their caring role and if they feel they need support. National measuring tools exist to identify the level of care giving and the impact it is having on the young person. Guidance accompanying these forms can be found below

 

What can you do to support a young adult carer?

Listen to their wishes and feelings

Look at opportunities in the young adult carers college or sixth form or local community for them to access activities away from their caring role

Help the young adult carer identify trusted adults they can talk to

With the young adult carers permission, talk to their parents/guardians about their role and the support they may need as a family

Consider completing a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) for under 18's or a referral to Customer First for over 18's should additional support be required in the family

Refer a young adult carer to us

 

Additional information

If you work in a college or sixth form there are additional resources specifically devised for you. Please contact us for more information or to request a resource pack.

 

Meet the team

 

 

 

 

 

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Julie Thurston

Young Peoples Services Manager

Laura Palmer

Young Adult Carers

Project Manager

Diana McWilliam

Young Adult Carers Adviser

 

 

 

Jess Walker

Young Adult Carers Adviser

Jayne Beales

Young Adult Carers Adviser

Garrie Parker

Young Adult Carers Adviser

 

 

 

 

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Lizzy Redshaw

Young Adult Carers Adviser

Latest news

 

For all the latest news and information from our young adult carers team, view our NEW newsletter 'The YAC'

Contact us

 

 

If you wish to speak to someone call: 01473 835431. The line is available Monday-Friday 9.00-4.30 - an answer machine will take your details outside of these times so please leave a message.

 

Information Line: 01473 835477

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Suffolk Family Carers Ltd Registered Charity No. 1069937

A company limited by guarantee in England No. 3507600

Registered Office: Unit 8, Hill View Business Park, Claydon, IP6 0AJ

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