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Parents

If you have a son, daughter, or young person in your household who is helping to care for a family member then it is likely that they are a young carer and Spurgeons can support them in their role.

A young carer is defined as a child or young person who undertakes care for a parent, sibling, grandparent or other relative who is affected by:

  • A physical disability
  • Mental health condition
  • Learning disability
  • Life limiting condition
  • Sensory impairment
  • Misuses alcohol or drugs
  • Any other long term illness or condition

The type of care undertaken may include:

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as lifting, helping an adult on the stairs or to bed.
  • Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
  • Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
  • Administering medication.
  • Looking after or “parenting” younger siblings because their parent is too ill
  • Emotional support, such as listening to the cared for person and keeping them company

We are here to offer support and advice to enable your child to achieve and enjoy their life whilst managing their caring role.

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

Young Minds – Parent Helpline

0808 802 5544

The Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under 25.

You may have questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, or mental health condition.

Call for free Mon-Fri from 9:30am to 4pm

Family Lives

0808 800 2222

Family Lives offers a confidential and free* helpline service for information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying. The helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Would you like to donate to Spurgeons?

Spurgeons runs a number of support services and interventions to help improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families and give them a more hope-filled future.

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