Young Carers

Wendy Casson, Provisional operational lead for Young Carers at Educational Diversity. 

Welcome to this page. We are absolutely delighted here at Educational Diversity to announce that we have just been awarded the Bronze Quality Mark for supporting students in school who are young carers.  We will be working extremely hard during the next few months to meet the requirements of both the silver and the gold standards.  We are passionate about all of our young people, especially those who are Young Carers.

To support us with this, we will be continuing to work closely with Blackpool Young Carers to ensure students receive maximum support with their caring responsibilities both in school and at home. We have Young Carer staff in every centre to offer support.

If you wish to contact me to discuss the support we can offer please email me by clicking here or telephone 01253 476663

What is a Carer?

A carer is someone, who without payment provides help and support to a parent, partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, substance misuse or disability.

There are thousands of carers in the area. Many juggle, work, school, or other commitments along with their caring role, and most don’t think of themselves as carers, nor realise the range of services available to help them.

Carers Trust Fylde Coast provides emotional and practical support for Adult Carers, Young Adult Carers (aged 16-25) and Young Carers from the age of 5, including additional support from our specialist team for the whole family.

What is a Young Carer?

Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18 years, who provide care to another family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental ill health, sensory disability or has problematic use of drugs or alcohol and the level of care they provide would normally be undertaken by an adult, thus impacting adversely on their childhood.

What sort of problems do Young Carers face?
  • Not being able to concentrate in class

  • Feeling tired all the time

  • Feeling embarrassed to talk about their caring role

  • Feeling worried about the person they care for and what is happening at home

  • Not having time to do homework and finding school life difficult to manage

  • Being bullied

  • Getting into trouble with teaching staff

  • Missing out on spending times with friends

About our Young Carers’ Service

We offer numerous services and support for Young Carers and their families including:
  • North Shore Young Carers’ Youth Club 3.30-5.30pm (during term time only) 

at Claremont Community Centre, Claremont Road, Blackpool

  • South Shore Young Carers’ Youth Club 3.30-5.30pm (during term time only)

at Holy Cross Parish Centre, Central Drive (at crossroads with Waterloo Road), Blackpool

  • One to one support

  • Residential trip

  • Trips and activities

  • Funding for hobbies and interests

  • Consultation Groups

  • Newsletters

  • Mentoring

  • Whole family support

 What is a Young Adult Carer?

Young Adult Carers are young people aged 14-25, who provide care to another family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental ill health, sensory disability or has problematic use of drugs or alcohol and they do not get paid for this. The person they look after needs help every day or most days.

What extra responsibilities do Young Adult Carers have?

  • Helping with personal care eg. washing and dressing, going to the toilet.

  • Looking after the house eg. laundry, cooking, cleaning and shopping.

  • Managing household finances.

  • Collecting prescriptions and administering medication.

  • Giving emotional support.

  • Looking after siblings.

About our Young Adult Carers’ Service

We offer numerous services and support for Young Adult Carers including social events, trips and activities. We consult Young Adult Carers in order to ascertain the types of events, trips or activities they would like to be involved in.

The trips are designed to give Young Adult Carers a break from caring and provide them with a chance to meet new friends.

Recent trips have included:  

Residentials in Liverpool and the Lake District Visits to Universities Meals out

Shopping trips to Liverpool and Manchester Cinema, bowling, go-karting and theatre

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Contact Us

Telephone
01253 476660
Address
Bathurst Avenue, Blackpool, FY3 7RJ
Email
wendy.casson@eddiversity.blackpool.sch.uk

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