Supporting Young Carers
We run carers’ groups in Norwich to support young carers – anyone aged between 5 and 18 who is caring for a family member who has:
- A physical disability
- A long-term physical illness
- A sensory impairment
- A mental health problem
- A learning difficulty
- Drug or alcohol misuse problems
Caring can mean giving someone practical help, like helping a parent to get dressed, but it can also be in the form of emotional support, for example, caring for someone with mental health problems. These extra responsibilities for young people mean that sometimes they miss out on social opportunities and feel isolated by their situation.
Our groups give young people a chance to socialise with other young carers on a regular basis, have fun, learn new skills and benefit from the support and guidance of Support Workers. We provide age specific young carers groups for children aged 5 to 18 years at 2 locations in Norwich and aim to remove barriers that may be limiting young people from reaching their potential, giving them a space to be themselves and to grow in confidence.
If you are a young carer or know of a young carer, then please fill in the Young Carers Referral Form 2021 and return it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 01603 219924.
At times we do experience high demand for our young carers groups so there may be a waiting list to join the group. We are currently accepting referrals for all our groups and will let you know if there is a waiting list at the point of referral.
“I like being a young carer because I like taking care of my mum and helping her when she needs help. When I go to the young-carers club I get to see one of my best friends and also get to do fun tasked/activities and when we do everyone is happy and we have a-lot of fun! And again also it lets me get a bit of stress off my shoulder by seeing my friends and knowing that while I’m not there she is being took care of” – Elizabeth, aged 11
“I have donated £30 to Young Carers, I only wish it could be more. E has grown so much in confidence since she has been attending your group.” – Grandma
“I am a young carer and help care for and support my mum who has mental health difficulties and hearing loss. I also support my brother who has special needs. I love going to our young carers group and have lots of fun, I take part in activities, games and crafts. It gives me a chance to have some time just for me with others that understand. Getting together online with our friends from group is really important to us at the moment” – Chloe, aged 10
“Just wanted to say I just picked Rudy up and she has told me really fast about how much fun she has had, and her words were “I had a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, good time, it was soooo fun!” I haven’t seen her so lively and happy for ages. Thanks you so much.” – Mum
Please call us on 01603 219924 or email us on email@example.com to find out more about any of our services or how we might be able to help you
Our Young Carers Project is funded through charitable grants and donations.