Oxfordshire Young Carers
We support children and young people aged 0-25 whose life is impacted by the responsibility of care for an adult or sibling

What we do

Oxfordshire Young Carers currently supports over 900 young carers across Oxfordshire up to age 25. In particular, we:

  • Support schools to deliver the Young Carers school standards
  • Work with other services and support them to deliver open sessions specifically for young carers
  • Refer young carers to one-to-one support via the County Council’s young carer’s support workers
  • Make applications to the Young Carers Support Fund
  • Create regular newsletters and web information for Young Carers throughout the year
  • Information, advice and signposting for all the family
  • Days out to have fun with other children

Make a Referral

Referrals are received from a wide range of individuals and professionals. They are followed up with a home visit to assess the level of care being provided. Support is targeted so that the young carers with higher caring responsibilities receive the highest level of support.

Self Referral form Professional Referral form

Due to high demand our current response time to arrange a home assessment is approximately 8 weeks.

Funded by

Oxfordshire Young Carers Service

Meet the team

Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills

Children's Service Lead

My name is Sarah and I am fairly new in post as the children's service lead for the project (although I have worked for Spurgeons Young Carers since 2011).
In my  spare time, I play badminton for a local team and run a Brownie pack. I have two cats and a 2 year old, so the household is busy and can be very noisy. If I get a moment to myself,  I enjoy spending time chilling with a good book and watching rubbish on TV. 

I am very proud of this team as they do some brilliant work with Oxfordshire's young carers. 

Sarah Mills


Senior Project Worker - North
I joined Spurgeons YC recently as a sessional worker and carry out assessments in the North of the county. Outside of work I enjoy travelling, gardening and reading. I have a passsion for India and am a trustee of a charity funding a home and education for destitute and abandoned children in Goa, India.

Sarah Mills

justina petkunaite

Senior Project Worker

I have come from a Youth Work background joined Spurgeons in October 2014. I juggle this role with my post as a Senior Youth Worker at the Sweatbox Youth Centre in Wantage. In my spare time I enjoy walking my Chihuahuas and teaching them new tricks. I love to do a bit of cooking too.

Sarah Mills


Senior Project Worker West Oxfordshire

My name is Luke Chambers I am a nationally qualified community and youth work specialist with over 20 years experience of supporting children, young people and families from diverse backgrounds to access learning opportunities. In my spare time I love to play and make music and explore the great outdoors.


Sarah Mills

Kristie waller

Sessional Worker
I have recently completed a degree in Youth and Community Work and joined Spurgeons in December 2015, as a sessional worker for the city centre and west of Oxfordshire. When not working for Spurgeons I work as the lead youth worker at Eynsham Youth Club. In my spare time I enjoy looking after my chickens, cooking dinner with friends and reading.


Sarah Mills


Sessional Worker

Sarah Mills


Sessional Worker
I joined Spurgeons in June 2014, as the Senior Project Worker for the North of Oxfordshire. I am now a sessional worker, when I’m not working I enjoy music, reading and running. My secret passion is very fast theme park rides.

Sarah Mills


Sessional Worker

I joined Spurgeons in June 2014 and am a sessional worker carrying out home assessments in the south and west of Oxfordshire. I enjoy meeting and having fun with young carers who attend the Hub group sessions in Abingdon and Witney. When I am not working for Spurgeons, I enjoy cooking, learning to ballroom dance and supporting Sunderland Football Club.