Wiltshire Young Carers Service
Established in 1998 as one of the first young carers support projects in the country, we currently have 1,000+ open cases for young carers aged from 5-18 years.
A young carer is a person under the age of 18 who looks after a family member or loved one with an illness, disability, mental health condition or addiction. Young carers may also help to care for siblings or elderly relatives.
Youth Action Wiltshire is the award-winning ‘youth arm’ of Community First. We work with hundreds of young carers every year in Wiltshire through our dedicated Wiltshire Young Carers Service. We are proud to support and champion young carers in Wiltshire, helping them to feel safer in their caring role and offering opportunities for young carers to achieve and thrive.
Our offer includes;
- Adventure and respite activities
- Friendship and peer support
- One-to-one and group support
- An individual support plan for each young carer
- Counselling (talking therapy)
- Information, advice and guidance
- Mentoring and coaching
- Skills development and awards
Our service (2022-2023)
young carers supported through our Wiltshire Young Carers Service
New referrals to Wiltshire Young Carers Service
Respite places attended by young carers (an average of 5.6 places each)
“Wiltshire Young Carers Service, has stopped me being lonely. I now have people I can talk to and lots of things to look forward to”
“I’m so much happier, I have friends who understand me, I’m doing better at school and enjoying life”
“Being with other young carers means you can talk about things, without worrying about being judged or bullied”