Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Supported by: Towergate Insurance

Description

The chances are everyone knows a young carer without realising it. Recent research from Nottingham University and the BBC revealed that there are 6 young carers in every secondary school classroom.
An estimated 700,000 children/young people across the UK (10,000 plus in Norfolk) care for family members with a disability, illness, mental illness or substance misuse. Young carers as young as five help with practical tasks around the home such as cooking, housework and shopping; physical care, such as helping someone get out of bed and personal care, helping someone dress, plus emotional support.
Being a carer can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult and lonely sometimes, especially without support.
Research, released in August 2018, by Action for Children and Carers Trust reported 72 per cent of young carers feel especially lonely during the summer holidays.
The survey, of young carers under 18, revealed that nearly half spend more than 4 hours a day caring for a relative during the holidays. Thousands of young carers don’t get the chance to have a holiday/break and shockingly only 1 in 5 has ever had a holiday.
This leads to 57 per cent of such youngsters worrying about talking about what they did in the school holidays when they get back to school.
Our Young Carers Project provides these incredible young people with regular breaks through the provision of term-time fortnightly support groups, school holiday activity days and residentials. Last year in addition we ran 2 Young Carers Summer Groups in Norwich during the holidays. This was specifically for young carers who were on a waiting list for regular support.
We would like to secure funding to provide 5 Young Carers Summer Groups during the summer holidays. They will be for young carers aged 5-15 based in Norfolk towns e.g. North Walsham. We are keen to offer young carers beyond Norwich the opportunity to engage in a summer group. We will work with schools, community teams and groups to identify carers to invite. It may be the first time the young people become aware of support or identify as a young carer
Young carers will get the chance to take a break from their caring role, meet other young people with similar experiences and most importantly have fun.
The day consists of crafts, activities and games focussing on emotional resilience and confidence. They are based on activities young carers in our regular groups have chosen and enjoyed.
We will also provide a healthy, balanced lunch with young carers involved in the preparation. For many, their caring role involves meal preparation, so good to learn about healthy cooking and food preparation.
The Trussell Trust, earlier this year, reported an increase in the number of young people experiencing food poverty during the school holidays. A healthy meal is an essential part of the Summer Group.
1 to 1 support will also be available if required and information provided about the support available.
The requested funding would cover venue hire, food, drink and equipment costs, all activities and staff and volunteering costs. We also include provision for some taxi costs where young people had transport issues.
Key feedback from last year’s Summer Group was that they liked making new friends, enjoyed the activities and liked having someone to talk to. All of them reported having fun and said that the day had helped them feel better about themselves.
Norfolk Family Carers (registered as Norfolk Carer Support) is an independent charity supporting unpaid carers of all ages across Norfolk. Supporting young people is a key aspect of our work.
If our project was successful in securing funding we will optimise the opportunity to raise awareness, identify hidden carers and widen our support. Thank you for your support.

Norfolk Family Carers

Moment of Pride

We are immensely proud to be supporting young carers across the county of Norfolk.
Some of the comments we've received are:
“I enjoyed making new friends”; “I liked the arts and crafts”; “I liked getting out of the house” “I was feeling angry but now I feel better”
We love what we do.

Location: Norwich