About - Spurgeons Young Carers Wiltshire About - Spurgeons Young Carers Wiltshire
About - Spurgeons Young Carers Wiltshire

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
  • A residential trip with a chance to speak out for young carers
  • Help to access other services including adult services for young carers aged 16+
  • Information & advice
  • Extra one to one support including counselling
  • 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

Your parent/s can refer you to our service by downloading a form at the link below and completing and sending it to the address shown at the bottom of the form.

Alternatively they can just phone the office on 01225 701820.

Referral form

Meet the team

Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

Manager

I have been working with Spurgeons since 2011 and look after three Children’s centres and the Young Carers service. I enjoy working for Spurgeons. They are a caring and friendly organisation. I live in Swindon and have three children, one of whom is still at home, and a cat called Scout. I enjoy making cakes and love relaxing in a nice hot bath after a long day.

Linda Mence

Linda Mence

Support Worker (South and West Wiltshire)

I would like to thank all the young carers and their families that I have met since joining the project in January for making me feel so welcome. I still have lots more of you to meet and I am really looking forward to catching up with you all soon. In my leisure time I like to watch live performances (theatre and music). I also belong to a music and drama group and I am rehearsing hard at the moment – we are putting on Broadway musical ‘Grease’ in September.

Liz Purling

Liz Purling

Support Worker (North and East Wiltshire)

Hello, I have only just started at Spurgeons Young Carers but have been lucky in meeting some lovely young people in the Chippenham and Devizes. I’m foolhardy enough not to just work with children but animals as well – my Labrador Lily and I volunteer working with guide dogs.

Jessica Foote

Jessica Foote

Administrator

Hi everyone, I joined the SYCW team in March 2014 and I’m enjoying every minute. I have two cats and a (very fat) dog named Lola. In my spare time I love watching films and reading books, especially Sci-fi and fantasy. I am also a huge Cliff Richard fan!

Jessica Foote

Sharon Kirwan

Casual Group Worker

In my spare time I do voluntary work for the ambulance service, as a chair of govenors and judging swimming competitions. I also have a job teaching first aid courses for St John ambulance and I work at Wiltshire College. At home I have 2 dogs and 3 rabbits to keep me busy!

Jessica Foote

derek sowton

Casual Group Worker

I was brought up in Birmingham, but my heritage is Cornish. I am married to Alison and we have four grown up children and 
a grandson (soon to be joined by his brother!). I have worked with young people since the late 80’s in many roles including as a young carers support officer for Dorset County Council. I have 2 motorcycles and I also enjoy amateur blacksmithing and have my own hearth and equipment.