Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Carer Support Wiltshire supports adults over 18 who provide unpaid care and support to a loved one, friend, or, neighbour. It is estimated that unpaid carers across the United Kingdom, save the economy £119 billion pounds per year.
Young adult carers have a challenging task of providing care and support to someone whilst juggling, education, employment, or, training. Over half of these young adult carers provide unpaid care to a loved one for more than 20 hours per week. It is estimated within Wiltshire, there are approximately 2,300 young adult carers. These young people are; more likely to be bullied in school, more likely to not achieve the grades in exams that they have the potential for, more likely to become unemployed and more at risk to develop mental health issues such as - stress anxiety and depression.
Carer Support Wiltshire has sought funding from different organisations to support this vulnerable group of young people. This year, we received a £1000 from the carers trust.
We used this money to invite young adult carers to a mental health first aid workshop. This workshop was aimed at supporting those young people to recognise the signs and symptoms of when they may be becoming, stressed, depressed, or, anxious. It also gave those young people tools to cope with those situations.
The course also enabled those young adult carers to look for those signs in the people they care for. This course included - mindfulness techniques and each attendee received a public heath England mental health manual. The idea behind this course was to build those young people's resilience, and, also to give them tools to prepare and manage situations such as; job interviews, university interviews and exams.
All 7 attendees who attended the course feedback that they had found it incredibly useful and felt they had learnt some valuable techniques that they could use in day to day life.
Here are some quotes from the young people who attended the course.
‘I need to write down more of my worries and talk about them.’

‘Helped me understand techniques to help people and myself.’

‘Gives me strategies to help the person I am caring for better.'

‘I won’t be as stressed when I’m helping my family members.’

The course also offered an opportunity for those young adult carers to meet other people in a similar situation to themselves, build new relationships and take a break away from their caring role.
Carer Support Wiltshire, would like to receive £5000 so that we can replicate this successful training in 5 different towns within our large rural county.

We hope that by having the funding to offer these courses, young adult carers will be more recognised across our county. Young adult carers and the people they care for will feel happier, less stressed and more confident in challenging situations. Of course, it also offers those young people an opportunity to get out of the house, meet new people, and learn key skills to help them move forward in their life.

Carer Support Wiltshire

Location: Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Young adult carers are often overlooked. They are in a period of transition from children's to adult services. This project makes me proud because it celebrates the contribution these people make to our society. It also gives those people key skills to help them manage their often challenging lives
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