Spurgeons Young Carers Wiltshire provides support for Young Carers up to the age of 18

We help Young Carers who are involved in the practical and/or emotional care of parents/siblings or other family members.

How we can help

  • A range of groups, activities and events for you to access across Wiltshire
  • Training workshops e.g. cooking, first aid and help to build self esteem and confidence
  • Help to access other services including adult services for young carers aged 16+
  • Information & advice
  • Extra one to one support including counselling and mentoring
  • Young carers newsletter twice a year
  • Special funding for transport (Download Transport Scheme poster.docx)

Please read our behaviour policy which covers all our activities (Download SYCW Behaviour Policy January 2015.doc)

Make a Referral

We accept referrals from professionals to our service. Referrals can be made by downloading the form using the link below and completing and sending it to the address shown at the bottom of the form. Alternatively they can call the office on 01225 282123. If a parent would like to make a referral, please call the office and we’ll be able to help them approach professionals to complete the form on their behalf.

Referral form

Meet the team

Rachel Stewart

jill bourne


Hello everyone, I’ve been working for Spurgeons since September 2011 but only joined the SYCW team in April 2016.  I really enjoy working for Spurgeons and I’m lucky to be working with a lovely team of people.  At home I have two children, two cats (a cute brother and sister called Lunar and Cosmic) and two very fat guinea pigs named Fudge and Candy. In my spare time I’m secretary for a local youth football team and I love baking (including trying out recipes from ‘The Great British Bake Off!) and reading lots of different books.

Linda Mence

Linda Mence

Support Worker (West Wiltshire)

I joined Spurgeon’s Young Carers project in January 2014.  It is one of the most rewarding roles I have undertaken. It is a privilege to meet the young carers and their families, they are inspirational.  In my leisure time I like to watch live performances (theatre, music and dance). I also belong to an amateur music and drama group and we put on shows throughout the year including a pantomime.  I also enjoy photography and painting.

Liz Purling

Liz Purling

Support Worker (North Wiltshire)

Hello I am the support worker for the North area and have been working with Young Carers since 2013.  Working with the Young Carers is the best part of my role and we have had lots of fun over the years – I especially like the outdoor activities we do, such as spending 3 days in Vincents Wood making dens and hot chocolate 

Jessica Foote

Sharon Kirwan

Senior Practitioner (South Wiltshire)

I was born in Northern Ireland, moving to England 26 years ago.
In my spare time I teach First Aid and carry out voluntary work for South West Ambulance Service.

Jessica Foote

Jessica Foote


If you call the SYCW office there is a good chance it’ll be me answering the phone! I also manage the facebook page and the sycwadmin email address so if you have any questions about anything get in touch and I’ll do my best to help. 
There isn’t much to say about me really. I enjoy walking my (very fat) Jack Russell, Lola although it’s tough to get her to go out in the rain as she hates getting wet! I also have 2 kittens – Lucille and Lily who are very playful and keep me on my toes! In my spare time I love watching films and reading books and I enjoy cooking different dishes although they never quite turn out like the pictures!

Jessica Foote

Jane lackey

Casual Group Worker

I joined the Spurgeons Young Carers team as a casual worker in April 2014 and have loved all the activities that the children have shared with me so far. It is a very rewarding role and lots of fun.
I also help run our village hall, am a Rainbow Guide leader and commissioner for the local guides and in my spare time walk my 'mad' Chocolate Labrador and love the gym.