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:
- A home visit, which includes a statutory assessment of their needs
- 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.
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
For an information leaflet, please download our young carers leaflet
The Next Steps Project is a collaborative partnership which supports 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.
For any enquires about the project, please email or call our offices 02380 216032
If you live outside the Southampton City boundaries, please look at the following Young Carers projects in neighbouring towns