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Young Carers

Dudley Young Carers provides support for Young Carers from 5 to 18

We provide:

Advice and support

Monthly Youth Clubs

Support for Juniors age 5-13

Support for Seniors age 14-18

Extra activities

During school holidays

Outings and residential trips

1:1 support from a worker

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

Junior Group 5-13

Our Junior club meet once a month. A wide variety of activities and games are available to play with as well as structured activities such as crafts and cooking.

You have the opportunity to interact with other young people in a similar situation.

Support staff and volunteers are around to chat to. Young carers have their own space where they can socialise, play pool, table football, Xbox, PlayStation and board games.

Senior Group 14-18

Our Senior group meet once a month. There is the opportunity to play pool and on game consoles but it is more of a chilled out group where you can chat and listen to music.

Support staff and volunteers are on site to offer support.

There is a room where young carers can socialise, play pool, table football, Xbox 360, PlayStation and board games.

During summer months there is a big outside space with football pitch.

Get in touch

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

Contact details:

Telephone 01902 877550

Email dudleyyc@spurgeons.org

Post Dudley Young Carers Spurgeons
The Workspace
All Saints Road
Wolverhampton
WV2 1EL

Make a referral:

You can self refer by download the form below or by calling our office using the contact details.

01902 877550

Meet the Team

Angie Jones

Angie Jones

Children’s Services Lead

Angie is the Children Services Lead who manages both Wolverhampton and Dudley Young Carers. She likes to come along to groups and activities to meet as many young people as she can. When she is not at work she enjoys playing tennis, reading and watching Marvel films.

Liam Tucker

Liam Tucker

Support Worker

Liam likes being out and about with the young carers and loves going on all the trips as much as the young people do. Liam is a big child at heart and is a great listener and will happily snack away on chocolate.

Jan Dunn

Jan Dunn

Support Worker

Jan is the loud one who is stuck in a 70s funk time warp, she loves her music and dance. She is a great listener and always happy to chat and teach dance routines.

Emma Turley

Emma Turley

Support Worker

Emma is a yummy mummy who loves to do lots of cooking, but also likes to get her hands dirty with the arts and crafts, nail art and beauty. A girl’s best friend.

Cody Roberts

Cody Roberts

Administration Officer

What can we say, Cody loves chilling at home watching Disney or Marvel films and cooking for anyone willing to try her food. She loves playing and messing around with her computer and is always on hand when someone has a technology relates question.

Baldish Kaur

Baldish Kaur

Casual Support Worker

Dish look’s like one of the kids but has a voice louder than 30 of them. She is honest, friendly and will go above and beyond for you. Shoes, shoes, shoes is one of her hobbies and she has over 130 pairs.

Dave Clinton

Dave Clinton

Casual Support Worker

Dave is a firm favourite among the young people at Young Carers for his fun loving and childlike (not childish!) personality. Dave loves football and is an exceptional artist, he is also the front man of a band. Easy going and laid back, that’s Dave!

Ed

Ed

Casual Support Worker

Ed has a passion for supporting and giving all young carers the best opportunity in life. Coming from a caring background himself, he knows how it can sometimes feel being a young carer always has a spare ear to listen. In his spare time he loves going to watch the best team in the world - you guessed it, Aston Villa! He holds a season ticket and never misses a home game.

Ken Watkins

Ken Watkins

Volunteer

Ken is lovely. He is always on hand to help, listen and talk too. Ken likes to get stuck into all of the activities at Young Carers. An all round good sport - anything sporty call on Ken.

Katie Ross

Katie Ross

Volunteer

Katie is a lovely young lady who has just started going to university to study to become a children’s nurse. Katie is creative and sporty with a passion for swimming and cycling.

More support and advice

Childline

0800 1111
www.childline.org.uk

Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you.

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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