Southampton Young Carers Project

Southampton Young Carers Project provides a service for children and young people aged between 8 – 18yrs whose lives are affected by caring for an unwell or disabled family member. The person they care for may have a physical or learning disability, mental ill health, chronic illness or have difficulties with drug/alcohol use. Research has shown that this caring role can impact on a young person’s social, developmental, emotional, educational and physical well being.

After being referred to our project a young carer can expect the following from the project:

  • Information and guidance
  • A break away from home and their caring responsibilities
  • A chance to meet other young carers and make new friends
  • Fun, laughs and new opportunities
  • To be listened to and have a voice
  • To be provided with a range of support

When a young carer joins the Project they are allocated a project worker who provides them with an initial home visit which includes: an assessment of their caring role, action planning, one to one support and sign posting to other agencies, as appropriate

Next Steps
Next Steps workers are a branch of Southampton Young Carers Project. They can support people between ages 18-25 who are Young Carers, Care Leavers and young people leaving Youth Offending Institutions to make successful transitions, overcome barriers and realise their potential. They will support you by identifying what your needs are and together make a plan to achieve these.

In addition to this a young carer may also be offered:

  • Evening youth groups
  • School support for secondary school aged young people
  • Day trips, activities, residential and workshops
  • Befriending

Referals
To refer a Young Carer please download our referral form here and then send the completed form via email to j.payne@southamptonvs.org.uk or post to Southampton Young Carers Project, Kingsland Square, St Marys Street, Southampton, SO14 1NW.