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Young Carers

 

Birmingham Young Carers provides support for Young Carers up to the age of 18. We split our groups into three age groups; Under 12, 12-14 and 15+.

Am I a Young Carer?

If your mum, dad, brother, sister or someone at home has a disability or illness which means you help look after them or make sure they are safe, then you could be a young carer. You may help with making drinks or snacks, cleaning and tidying, or by talking to them and keeping them company. You may feel you miss out because you have to look after your parent or another adult. Or your life may be different because your mum or dad takes a lot of time to look after your brother or sister.

How do I get help?

Talk to someone you trust about whether you may be a young carer. This could be a parent, relative or a teacher at school. Show them this website and ask them to talk to us to see if we can help. Always talk to someone if you are worried or upset. There is always someone who can help.

How will you help me?

This is something we will talk to you about to see how you are feeling. We may be able to help you understand more about the condition of you mum, dad, brother or sister. There may be things we can do to help you cope with being a young carer, if you are having problem at school or need someone you can talk to because you feel upset, angry or worried.

We want you to see that you are not the only one and you are not alone.

I think I am a young carer, can I make a referral for myself?

If you are under the age of 18 years then we usually need parental permission for you to be able to join our service. Ask your parent/carer to get in touch. Or talk to someone you trust and ask them to contact us to see how we can help you. This could be another adult, teacher or tutor. Always talk to someone if you have any worries or concerns.

Can you help me get more help for the person I look after?

A Support Worker will arrange to meet with you for a chat about your caring at home and how we can best support you; this may mean that we contact other services that can also help you and the person you look after.

Can you help with problems at School or College?

Yes, we can speak to your teachers or to college if you are having difficulties with homework or keeping up with coursework, are experiencing bullying because you are a young carer, worrying about home when you are at school, or feeling tired and stressed.

There are mechanisms which can be put in place to help you, for example a time-out system for the bad times when you can’t cope, a system to call home when you are worried about the person you look after, or a named teacher you can talk to about your worries.

What we do

Depending on the level of support needed, our free service offers:

  • A monthly young carers respite group
  • Confidential one-to-one support with a dedicated worker
  • Help to access other services
  • Training opportunities, e.g. first aid, fire awareness or building self esteem and confidence
  • Telephone Support
  • Issue based workshops
  • Access to our counselling service if needed
  • Transition into the adult carers service once you reach 18
  • Opportunity to take an activity break, make friends and have some fun!
  • Whole family support
  • Information and Advice

Get in touch

Call or email us to get in touch and find out how we could help you

Contact details:

Call or email us to get in touch and find out how we could help you

0121 638 0878

Email birminghamyc@spurgeons.org

Post Birmingham Young Carers Unite
The Big Peg
311B
120 Vyse Street
Birmingham
B18 6NF

Make a referral:

Anyone can make a referral to Birmingham Young Carers Unite. Referrals are followed up with a home visit to assess the level of care being provided.

You can either complete the referral form with as many details as you can and:

email it back to birminghamyc@spurgeons.org

return it to our office

Or contact us on 0121 638 0878  to have any questions answered.

Meet the Team

Jackie

Jackie

Children's Services Manager

Jackie is our children's service manager who has been with us since December 2015. Jackie is very excited to drive the team and continue to do great things for young carers.

Laura

Laura

Senior Young Carers Support Worker

Hi, my name is Laura. I've been working with young carers for six years and enjoy making a difference in their lives. In my spare time I love having fun with my crazy family. My life is a constant juggling act of kids, kids and more kids and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Bina

Bina

Senior Young Carers Support Worker

Hi everyone. My name in Bina Lad and I enjoy working with the children and young people at the young carers service. I love going to the cinema, going out for meals and watching lots of reality TV.

Ed

Ed

Young Carers Support Worker

Hi, my name is Ed! I have a great passion for supporting and giving all young carers the best opportunity in life. Coming from a caring background myself, I know how it can sometimes feel being a young carer so I always have a spare ear to listen. In my spare time I love going to watch the best team in the world - you guessed it, Aston Villa! I hold a season ticket and never miss a home game. I also love to watch TV and play on the Xbox One!

Sushama

Sushama

Young Carers Support Worker

Hi, my name is Sushama. I have been working with children and families for most of my working life. Joining Spurgeons has been great as I love meeting new people from different walks of like and also enjoy the activities planned. In my spare time, I love watching movies, reading, meeting up with my friends and spending time with my family. One of my biggest passions is travelling as I love learning about different cultures and traditions.

Will

Will

Young Carers Support Worker

I have been a carer since I was young(er) and am still a carer, so I have a real enthusiasm for the job I do here at Spurgeons Birmingham Young Carers Unite. I like to watch old movies and TV shows in my spare time or going for long walks in the park with my pet pooch. My favourite superhero is 'Wonder Woman', who is yours? I hope to see you all in the future at one of our activities or family days.

Ruth

Ruth

Senior Young Carers Support Worker

Hi, my name is Ruth. I love working with young people at Spurgeons. In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my two sons, watching lots of films and listening to music.

Bal

Bal

Admin and Communications Officer

Hi, I'm Bal. I love listening and helping people. I'll be on the other end of the phone when you give the office a call. I'm here to help so if you have any questions or worries just give me a call!

More support and advice

Childline

0800 1111
www.childline.org.uk

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Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

SIBS support siblings of all ages who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition.

Samaritans

116 123
www.samaritans.org

A safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

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