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Young carers

Family in costume, drawing by Kylie, age 7
Drawn by Kylie, age 7
Are you under 18 and looking after someone in your family who is ill or disabled? This may be a parent, a brother or sister or a grandparent. Maybe you help by staying at home a lot to be there for them, helping them get washed or dressed, perhaps translating and interpreting for them, or doing lots of cleaning, shopping and cooking.

If this sounds like you, then you are a young carer. It may seem a strange way to describe yourself, because looking after someone in your family may feel like a natural role. But being a carer means you may have the right to help and support to make life easier.

 

Looking after someone can be stressful

It can be stressful as well as hard work looking after someone, even when you love them. And it can make it harder to keep up with things at school or to find time for yourself to relax, have fun or see your friends.


Help from the council

As a young carer you are entitled to get help and support. The council will not be looking to stop from you from supporting the person you look after, nor to separate you from that person. They will ask you what sort of support you would like to make your life and your caring role easier.

Support is available from the Early Help Teams in Family Services in the relevant borough. They can provide young carers with:

  • An assessment of their needs
  • One to one support for young carers with a high level of need
  • Advice to support young carers in their caring role
  • Information about other support services and activities they engage in

You can contact the council directly. Or, if you prefer, you can ask someone you know to contact them for you - maybe a friend or relative, a teacher, or your family doctor. Don't be afraid to ask - it is important to get the help you are entitled to.

Please contact Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Early Help for Families Team via earlyhelp@rbkc.gov.uk or 020 7598 4601 / 020 7361 4129 for more information.


Young Carers Action Day - 16th March 2021

Young Carers Action Day is a national day that takes place each year and the theme for this year is ‘Futures’. We will be marking the day with a series of virtual drop in sessions for Young Carers. There is a wide of variety of sessions on offer, some of which will be informative from services who can support Young Carers in thinking about various aspects of their futures and others that will be activity based. Below is a schedule of the sessions on offer: 

Time

Session

10:00

Yoga – Join us for an exercise session aimed at improving fitness, flexibility and breathing

11:00

Continuing Caring into Adulthood (age 16+) – Explore what support is available should your caring role continue into adulthood

15:30

Looking after yourself (ages 7-11) – Come and learn about managing your own wellbeing whilst being a carer

15:30

Activity Session (ages 12+) – Take some time out to join in a fun & physical activity

16:00

Looking after yourself (ages 12+) - Come and learn about managing your own wellbeing whilst being a carer

16:00

Activity Session (ages 7-11) - Take some time out to join in a fun & physical activity

16:30

Key stage 3 Options – Join us if you are currently thinking about your next steps in terms of what subjects to study for GCSEs

16:30

Key Stage 4 Options – This session is for you if you are thinking about what to do after secondary school and would like to know more about your options after year 11

16:30

Key Stage 5 Options - If you are considering whether to go to university, do an apprenticeship or start working after 18, this session will help you think about your options

The sessions will take place on Microsoft Teams. If you, your child or young person or someone you are working with would like to attend any of the sessions detailed above, please complete the attached registration form and return it to childrencentredata@rbkc.gov.uk.

Download the registration form here.

For further information, please contact Andrea Jones on 07849 078 576.


Resources, information and advice

  • Assessment for young carers

  • Rights of young carers

  • Family Hub - The Family Hub is facilitating a fortnightly virtual group for Young Carers where you can join in fun activities or discussions. If you are a Young Carer and would like to join the group please feel free to contact the Early Help Service on 020 7598 4608 or 020 7361 4129, or earlyhelp@rbkc.gov.uk. 

  • Family Friends - a charity offering long-term practical and emotional support to disadvantaged families with a child under the age of 16 years through befriending and mentoring services. The support focuses on the parent(s), child/ren, or the whole family.

  • Insight KC - a free, friendly and confidential support service for young people who are living or affected by drug or alcohol issues. Open to young people in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, or Westminster.

  • Young Carers Personal Budget Programme - This personal budget is aimed at raising the health and wellbeing of young carers. The programme offers payment of £150.00 for a chosen physical activity and support is given to look at which activities may be the most beneficial like dance classes, a gym membership, football, horse riding or others.

  • Sibs: support for siblings - Sibs is a registered charity offering support for sibling young carers 7 -17 year old. 

Last Updated 15/02/2021

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