The Services We Offer
The support we provide to each young carer is tailored to their individual needs. As a result, this support may change throughout the young carer’s time at Young Carers Bucks.
Young carers are invited to termly club nights based on Key Stages across Buckinghamshire. Club nights are a fun, social opportunity where young carers can meet up in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. They have access to a range of craft and cooking activities which have been designed by support workers. Young carers may also have access to games, computers, table tennis, football and pool. A meal is provided for all young carers. Most importantly, we have support workers and volunteers available throughout the night for young carers to talk to about their caring role, if they wish.
Carers Bucks works closely with YC2 in Buckingham. Young carers registered with us from the Buckingham area are able to attend YC2 club nights. These club nights take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Friday of the month.
• 1st Friday is for the seniors 13-18 year olds
• 2nd Fridays is for middies 11-13 year olds
• 3rd Friday is for the juniors 7-10 years old
To find out more about YC2, please speak to a member of the Young Carers team.
We run targeted support groups for young carers who may have a similar caring role or are in a similar situation to their peers. These sessions provide an opportunity for young carers to gain a further understanding about their caring role in a safe space. The sessions incorporate fun group activities which allow young carers to relieve isolation, acknowledge and discuss their feelings, model coping strategies and enhance knowledge and information.
The sessions are carefully adapted to suit the needs of the young carers. Our team are continuously working to design relevant targeted support groups.
Some young carers have very limited access to social activities as a result of their caring role, so during the schools holidays we offer various activities and outings to the young carers who need it most. This can include respite for a few hours, day trips and for some, an overnight stay or short break.
We do not charge for any of our activities but we do have a Fundraising team who work hard to seek additional funding for these activities to be accessible for all.
At times, young carers may need more intensive support around their caring role. Our support workers will deliver up to six sessions tailored to a young carer’s personal situation.