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Support for Young Adult Carers

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Young Adult Carers are young people aged between 16-25 who support a family member or friend with a disability, physical illness, mental illness, or addiction.

As a Young Adult Carer you may:

  1. Help with personal care, such as bathing, showering, dressing or going to the toilet.
  2. Help with practical tasks such as cooking, shopping, childcare, taking a family member to important appointments, etc.
  3. Provide emotional support such as listening to someone when they are feeling alone or reassuring them when they feel frightened.
  4. Be responsible for the family finances and have the responsibility for paying bills.

All of these responsibilities can have a big impact on a Young Adults life.

For example, if you are a Young Adult Carer you may:

  1. Have little time to socialise with your own friends and often miss opportunities to spend time away from the home.
  2. Stress and worry about leaving your family member on their own when you leave the house.
  3. Struggle with your own mental health.
  4. Have difficulties at work due to having to take time off regularly.
  5. Struggle with your College or University workload
  6. Struggle with the amount of responsibilities you have.
  7. Have low confidence and self-esteem.

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The YAC Project can help to reduce the impact the caring role has on a Young Adult Carers life. We can offer:

  1. One to one support
  2. Group support via Facebook and WhatsApp
  3. Group Nights with FREE food
  4. Events and Trips out (Alton Towers/Spa Days/Activity Days)
  5. Workshops and Courses (Mindfulness/ First Aid/ Manual Handling)
  6. Benefits Advice
  7. Counselling (if a need is identified)
  8. Referrals to Other Agencies/Services
  9. Employment, Training and Volunteering Opportunities

If you would like further information or to make a referral, please contact Vicky Bentley (Y.A.C Coordinator) on 01254 688440.

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