Our aim is to provide support for children and young people who have a caring role within their family. This could be because there is a family member with a physical disability, mental health difficulties, a progressive disorder or an emotional upheaval in the family such as bereavement.
The media have rightly given publicity to those young carers who do a lot of practical support in the home. However we also acknowledge that there is an emotional impact from such family difficulties.
Befriending and Small Groups
We can offer a confidential service providing young carers with a befriender who is someone who will take them out on fun outings and give them someone to talk to. However many of our young carers just come along to our clubs and activities.
Clubs and Activities
We run fortnightly clubs with the chance to play games, do arts and crafts and spend time with other young carers. We also organise outings and activities including theatre trips, visits to theme parks and sports days.
Advice and Information
Although our focus is on the young carers themselves we understand that it is a difficult situation for all family members. We can research and inform you of other agencies and schemes that can provide practical support and/or funding for you and your family.
We provide informational assemblies to pupils and students. We train and inform teaching staff to raise awareness of the needs of young carers. We are currently piloting lunchtime drop-in sessions for pupils and students who are young carers.
With parents’ permission, we can liaise with schools to inform them of the family situation so we can work together to improve things for the young person.
In recent years we have started running whole family events. These have been a huge success, giving parents and children the chance to meet those in a similar situation and it has been great to see our families able to enjoy themselves together.
At Romsey Young Carers we ensure that:
- All our befrienders, club helpers and volunteers are CRB checked
- All our befrienders, club helpers and volunteers have to provide referees
- Young carers’ safety is our paramount priority
- There are regular reviews to check that the family and befrienders are satisfied at how things are going
- We cater for the young carers individual needs as much as possible
- We have a high ratio of helpers to young carers to give each of them the support and care they need and increase the chance of the young carer getting some one to one attention
- We are open to all young carers and their families and are inclusive and supportive to all in respect ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. All young carers living in Romsey and the Southern Test Valley are welcome to join the project
- We are fully insured for all activties and outings.
- We follow guidelines and policies as a registered charity