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.
From 1 April 2018, assessment of carers aged under 18 will be led and coordinated by Wiltshire Council children’s services, with breaks and activities available through Carer Support Wiltshire where appropriate.
Get in touch
Call or email us to get in touch and find out how we could help you
Telephone 01225 282123
Post Spurgeons Young Carers in Wiltshire
C/O Longfield Children’s Centre
Make a referral:
We accept referrals from professionals to our service. If a parent would like to make a referral, please call the office and we’ll be able to help you approach professionals to complete the form on your behalf.
Contact us on 01225 282123 to have any questions answered.
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
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.
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