Young Carers - Medway

If you are a Young Carer who lives in Medway, you can access our Medway Young Carers Project - Young Carers FIRST

The Medway Young Carer project aims to support young people aged 5 to 18 who are in a caring role by offering them support and the opportunity to have a break from their caring role and meet others who are in a similar situation.



A Young Carer is someone aged between 5 and 18 who cares for someone. The person they care for could be a parent, grandparent or a sibling.

What might a young carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed. 
  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine. 
  • Helping someone communicate.
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
  • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
  • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.

Following referral to Carers FIRST an assessment is done in the family home so the Young Carer Team can see a true picture of the situation the Young Carer faces and can suggest some support. 

We provide support, information and advice, including supporting you to talk about your caring role to others, Lunch Clubs, 1-1 Sessions, Trips Out, Youth Clubs, Fun Activities and Text Service

To register as a Young Carer or for more information please:

 phone our Carers Hub on 0300 303 1555
 email us at YoungCarers@carersfirst.org.uk


      


Young carer and young adult carers in England have the right to information and to an assessment of the support they need from the council.

The Carers Trust have written a free guide which explains what those rights are. It also tells you what should happen when you talk to the council about being a young carer or young adult carer. Young carers and young adult carers gave us advice about what would make this a great resource for them and their peers.

It is written for all young carers and young adult carers, especially for those aged eight to twenty-five.

Download your copy >>


Where to find support

There are many organisations which offer specialist advice and support for young carers, below are links to some of these:

The Children's Society has lots of advice and resources for young carers on its website.

LawStuff gives free legal information to young people. LawStuff is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which provides more detailed information both over the phone and online.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has an advice and assistance line They can help with questions you have about your rights, welfare and safety. Email: advice.team@childrenscommissioner.gsi.gov.uk. Freephone: 0800 528 0731 open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (the phone number is free from a landline, but may cost from a mobile.)

NHS Choices has lots of information and advice on their website, including getting help from teachers, social workers and your doctor.

You can talk to someone on Childline who may be able to give you advice and get you help. They won't tell anyone that you have called. It is FREE and especially designed for children: 0800 11 11. They also have lots of really useful resources on their website including the Childline App.

The Childline App "For Me". For Me was named and designed to blend in with other apps on your phone. That means that if anyone else sees your screen, they won't realise it's a Childline app. It's also totally secure. You can lock it with a pin number and keep all your information safe. You can swipe through the pages to get the advice you want, can have a 1-1 chat with a counsellor and join the on-line community which is a place for you to share your experiences, have fun and talk about anything you want.


We hold monthly support groups for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, where they are able to meet other Young Carers, whilst enjoying some fun and games! 

During school holidays, including half terms, we also hold activities for Young Carers and Young Adults Carers. These can include anything from a trip to the cinema, first aid workshop and meals out! 

    Young Carers FIRST is funded by Children in Need  

    If you are over the age of 16 you may wish to visit our Young Adult Carer page full of information, including where to seek support for finances, mental health and education.


    'For Me' is the new app that puts Childline in your pocket. 

    It's free, it's secure and it's designed by young people for young people.

    From advice to message boards, you can now get everything you need from Childline in an app. It's quick, easy and you can lock it with a PIN. By downloading the app, you're in control. You can talk to us whenever - and wherever - you need to.

    This is your place to do what you want. Young people from the Childline community helped us design the app - from choosing images to testing - to make sure we got it right.

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    Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

    • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
    • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
    • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
    • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
    • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

    But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.

    Young carer and young adult carers in England have the right to information and to an assessment of the support they need from the council.

    The Carers Trust have written a free guide which explains what those rights are. It also tells you what should happen when you talk to the council about being a young carer or young adult carer. Young carers and young adult carers gave us advice about what would make this a great resource for them and their peers.

    It is written for all young carers and young adult carers, especially for those aged eight to twenty-five.

    Download your copy >>