Wiltshire Young Carers Service

Established in 1998 as one of the first young carers support projects in the country, we currently work with young carers and young adult carers aged from 5-19 years.

Wiltshire Young Carers Service

Established in 1998 as one of the first young carers support projects in the country, we currently work with young carers and young adult carers aged from 5-19 years.

Young carers and young adult carers look after a family member or loved one with an illness, disability, mental health condition or addiction. They may also help to care for siblings or elderly relatives.

Youth Action Wiltshire is the national award-winning ‘youth arm’ of Community First. We work with hundreds of young carers and young adult carers every year in Wiltshire through our dedicated Wiltshire Young Carers Service. We are proud to support and champion their rights, helping them to feel safer in their caring role and offering opportunities for them to achieve and thrive.

Wiltshire Council’s Team carry out assessments of young people who care for someone else. Anyone who thinks a child could be a young carer can refer into Wiltshire Council for a young carers’ assessment. Professionals should complete a DART or SARF.  Children and parents can self-refer on 0300 456 0108 or mash@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Once the referral is received, it will be allocated to a member of the Wiltshire Council Team, who will contact the family and arrange a visit. The Assessment is holistic and will look at what support can be offered to the family. Further information is available on the Wiltshire Council website.

Our offer includes;

  • Support planning and reviews

  • One to one mentoring and coaching programmes

  • One to one time to talk sessions

  • Fun and developmental respite activities. including; Clubs, school/college holiday programmes, workshops and residential projects

  • Staff led webinars

  • Information, advice and guidance

  • Supported signpositing

  • Help with education

  • Skills development and nationally recognised awards

  • Counselling, talking therapy or family counselling from our specialist partners

  • Opportunities to join our voice groups, to inform and shape our service

  • ASDAN accredited training to become a Peer Mentor, Young Leader or Young Listener and then volunteering opportunities

To remove barriers, we provide one to one support through outreach and offer free transport to and from all face to face sessions.

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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)

How we help young carers in Wiltshire

We have produced an infographic with more information about young carers and the support offered through Wiltshire Young Carers service between 2022-2023. Click the image below to view or download the infographic.

Young Carers Support Infographic 2023

In 2023 to 2024 we are proud to be working with Wiltshire Council to provide wide ranging support for young carers across Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges due to their caring roles.

We are hugely grateful to all of our funders and partners who make our work possible.

Young Carers Alliance

“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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