Wiltshire Young Carers Service

Established in 1998 as one of the first young carers support projects in the country, we currently have 920+ open cases for young carers aged from 5-18 years.

Wiltshire Young Carers Service

Established in 1998 as one of the first young carers support projects in the country, we currently have 920+ open cases for young carers aged from 5-18 years.

Wiltshire Council Families and Children’s Service, carries out assessments of young people who care for someone else.

Children and parents can self-refer using the Integrated Front Door on 0300 4560108 or MASH@wiltshire.gov.uk. Once the referral is received it will be allocated to a practitioner from Wiltshire Council, who will make contact with your family. 

If you are a professional working with a young person, who has a caring role, please use the Digital Assessment and Referral Tool (DART) to make a referral for the assessment.

What we do;

  • We support families through the referral process.
  • We enable young carers to create individual support plans.
  • We ensure young carers are safe in their caring roles by providing equipment, training and ensuring specialist support is available when needed.
  • We provide 1:1 coaching sessions to help young carers tackle the challenges they face.
  • We provide mentoring to support young carers to overcome individual challenges.
  • We provide staff led webinars, to keep young carers connected.
  • We work in partnership with Carer Support Wiltshire, to deliver a wide-ranging programme of exciting respite activities and breaks for young carers, including adventure, arts and sports activities.
  • We facilitate issue-based workshops, volunteering opportunities and non-formal learning programmes for young carers.
  • We provide advocacy for young carers to ensure they can meet their full potential within education.
  • We provide 1:1 support and time for young carers to talk.
  • We deliver free to access positive activities during every school holiday period through Splash.
  •  We provide 1:1 support and non-formal learning programmes for young carers who are Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) through Project Inspire.
  • We make supported referrals to other amazing charities that work with young carers. For example; Young Carers Development Trust.
  • We ensure young carers voices are central to our planning and delivery through our ‘Young Carers Voice Group & ‘Young Listeners’ project.
  • We offer 1:1 & family counselling through our partners Relate

2020 – 2021

young carers accessed face to face respite & support groups & 150 young carers accessed webinars

welfare & follow up checks for young carers were completed during periods of lockdown

%

of young carers accessing support, reported an improvement in their health & wellbeing

“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”

A Young Carer

Wiltshire Young Carers

“I’m so much happier, I have friends who understand me, I’m doing better at school and enjoying life”

A Young Carer

Wiltshire Young Carers

“Being with other young carers means you can talk about things, without worrying about being judged or bullied”

A Young Carer

Wiltshire Young Carers

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