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”
“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”