Children and young people’s well-being is often affected by the burden of looking after family members in a caring role. Our project supports young carers, providing respite time for those who find themselves in a caring role in their home environment.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1015716)
The BBC estimate that there are around 700,000 young carers in the UK; 1500 in Norfolk. Young carers experience negative impacts across various aspects of life, including personal problems, social issues, poor health, poor educational attainment and reduced levels of employment. 68% of young carers are known to be bullied at school, 45% declare some kind of mental health issue and 50% are more likely to have educational needs or illness that keeps them from school.
Our interventions provide 1:1 support, mentoring, activities, programmes and social interaction with others in a caring role. We provide the carers with opportunities for personal development; in self-respect, self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience and enabling them to enhance their future prospects. We give children who have had to ‘grow up too fast’ the opportunity to experience fun and to enjoy their youth.
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