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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Our services are still operating during this time and are accepting referrals for support. We are working differently to ensure we can still meet the needs of young people and their families.

Parent assessments are now being completed over the phone and we are hosting virtual groups. We are still supporting young people recieving 1-1 work either via phone or video call.

Many children and young people who are caring for someone in their family do not see themselves as young carers. Sometimes they have grown up with their caring role and it seems normal to them, for others it is because they do not want to be seen as different or singled out from their peers and stigmatised or judged.

Identifying young carers

Social workers and professionals within an education setting such as teachers or support staff have been widely recognised as the people who are potentially most likely to identify hidden young carers.

In school, young carers often present as mature for their age with no or few peer relationships.

Some indicators that a young person may be a young carer are:

  • They are often late or miss school for no apparent reason, often with parental permission
  • Young carers may be underachieving at school or struggling to keep up with homework, often handing in work late or of poor quality
  • They can present as being tired or withdrawn or not want to talk about their home life
  • Have difficulty in taking part in after schools clubs or outside activities
  • Are often isolated from their peers or a victim or bullying
  • Express anxiety or concern over someone at home (the person they care for)
  • Have behavioural problems or have difficulty concentrating.
Teachers, tutors or support staff can help young carers and young adult carers self identify by checking if they are caring for a family member. These children and young people may be undertaking emotional or practical tasks within their families that involve supporting an adult or sibling, undertaking household tasks, shopping, dealing with finances, and looking after younger siblings because the person they care for is unable to. With support a young carer can achieve in school or college and fulfil their potential.

Professionals who work with adults with a disability or illness play an important role in supporting and identifying young carers by simply asking the adult they are working with if there is a child who is caring for them at home.

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 wolverhamptonyoungcarers@spurgeons.org

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

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To make a referral please contact the service or download and complete the referral form below

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.

 

Cassie Harvey

Cassie Harvey

Support Worker

Eve Ravenscroft

Eve Ravenscroft

Admin

Eve enjoys camping, spending time with her family. She has worked with Wolverhampton Young Carers for many years as a project worker and enjoys the time she spends with them. She is nick-named “The Gentle Giant" by some of the group. Working in the office is quite different to my previous role, but still get to keep in touch with the young people and families

Dish Kaur

Dish Kaur

Senior Support Worker

Dish has been working for Spurgeons Young Carers for over 12 years. She absolutely loves her job just as much as she loves the 100 pair of shoes she owns. Dish enjoys going to the gym, and have climbed two mountains. She says: ''I am sometimes confused for a child because I am only 5’1.'' 

 

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