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Cheshire West and Chester Young Carers - Carers Trust 4 All

 Who do we support?

A young carer is a young person aged between 6-18 who cares for a family member such as their mum, dad, brother, sister or grandparents who suffer with a physical disability, learning disability, terminal illness, mental health, or substance and alcohol misuse.  

According to the 2011 census, there are approximately 8000 young carers residing in Cheshire.

It is important to point out that although a young person may live with someone with a disability, this does not automatically make them a young carer.

Who are we?

Carers Trust 4all is a registered charity with over 25 years’ experience providing high quality services supporting carers and the people they care for. We are a Network Partner of Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity for, with and about carers.

How do we support young carers?

Our young carers service offers support to young people from the age of 6 through to their 18th birthday and gives them a safe space to have fun, make friends and have 1:1 support. The core aim of our support is to provide respite from their caring role. This respite is offered in a group setting, mixing with other young carers from their local area. The sessions offer a number of activities that are either self-led or lead by a number of the session staff. Typical activities include cooking, art/doodling/crafts, team games, dance, karaoke, sports, relaxing with their peers and chatting with staff. The sessions also gives us chance to check in with the young carer, see how they are getting on, any areas working well, or not so well. We can then identify any extra support we may be able to offer, such as 1:1 work, or we may consider signposting or referring on to other services that may be better suited to support a particular issue.

The carers trust 4 all young carers team also provide feedback and support to families who are being supported by a number of professionals and who may be registered on a plan, such as a TAF (Team around the family) or CIN (Child in need) plan. We can give feedback on the young person’s engagement in our sessions or share any concerns or areas we have identified that the young person may need additional support with.

Our Outcomes.

The young people who attend our service often say that just being around other people who have similar things going on at home is the main area of support for them. It gives them a mutual understanding of each other that other groups would not be able to offer. The sessions often reduce social isolation, increase confidence, self-esteem, communication skills, support development of practical skills and can change their outlook on life. The staff at our sessions see the real potential in the young people and work hard to provide the young carers with a place that they can be themselves, where they can feel understood and support.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Graeme Edwards
Contact Position
Young Carers Project lead.
Telephone
033 33 23 1990
E-mail
CWACYC@carerstrust4all.org.uk
Website
http://www.carerstrust4all.org.uk/
Notes

How to contact us:

Carers Trust 4all

Unit 6 Rossmore Business Park

Inward Way,

Ellesmere Port,

Cheshire,

CH65 3EY

Telephone:                                                       033 33 23 1990 – Option1 and then option 3.

Email:                                                              CWACYC@carerstrust4all.org.uk

Where to go

Notes

Our sessions run every two weeks.

Tuesday

Ellesmere Port – Trinity Church

Vale Royal Group Northwich + Winsford combined – Weaverham Community Center

Thursday

Chester – The Arkell Scouting Community building

(6-11 year old group)         17:30 -       19:00

19:00 – 19:30 Group change over

(12-18 year old group) 19:30 - 21:00

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Evening
Session Information
(6-11 year old group) 17:30 - 19:00
(12-18 year old group) 19:30 - 21:00

Other Details

Availability

Areas Covered
All Areas Of Cheshire West And Chester
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Who can attend?

A place on our service is subject to an assessment following a referral for a young person. We can take a referral from any source. If you are a parent, you are more than welcome to refer in yourself.

We support young people who help to look after someone in their family, either physically or emotionally, who has an illness, a disability, mental ill health or a substance misuse problem. They must be on a plan (TAF, CIN, CP) or have been in the past 12 months to qualify.

Referral information.

To have access to our service you must submit a referral. The referral will be subject to an initial desk top assessment, then a face to face assessment may need to be completed before a service offer is made. The assessment can take up to an hour and typically takes place at the home, but can be completed in a school or children’s centre, where ever is most convenient for the family. At the assessment, we are looking to establish level and nature of care and any potential impacts.

We can only accept referrals for young people who are on a plan (TAF, CIN, CP) or have been in the past 12 months.

There are no restrictions on who can refer a young person to our service.

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