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Young Carers

Southampton Young Carers Project provides a service for children and young people aged between 8 – 18yrs whose lives are affected by caring for an unwell or disabled family member. The person they care for may have a physical or learning disability, mental ill health, chronic illness or have difficulties with drug/alcohol use.

Research has shown that this caring role can impact on a young person’s social, developmental, emotional, educational and physical well being.

After being referred to our project a young carer can expect the following from the project:

• Information and guidance
• A break away from home and their caring responsibilities
• A chance to meet other young carers and make new friends
• Fun, laughs and new opportunities
• To be listened to and have a voice
• To be provided with a range of support

Quotes from young carers on the Project:

“I think that the Young Carers Project has definitely made a difference because I am a lot happier with life knowing that I have someone to turn to when things get tough.” Young Carer age 15

“Before I joined the Southampton Young Carers project I had to store a lot in my head and my teachers didn’t know about my mum, now I get help at school with coping with things.” Young Carer, age 13

“Life was really difficult before I got support from the Young Carers Project. I thought I was alone and I had no help. But now I feel relieved, it is easier to cope.” Young Carer, age 14

When a young carer joins the Project they are allocated a project worker who provides them with an initial home visit which includes: an assessment of their caring role, action planning, one to one support, and sign posting to other agencies, if appropriate.

In addition to this a young carer may also be offered:
• Evening youth groups
• School support for secondary school aged young people
• Day trips, activities, residential and workshops
• Befriending

local giving logo The project now has a page on This is a website dedicated to supporting local charities. You can now donate to the Southampton Young Carers Project which will help make a difference to the lives of young carers as well as their families by improving their opportunities to access services, education and fun activities. Check out our page at

Grow Your Tenner

Click here to donate to Southampton Young Carers Project:

Donate to local charities at
Localgiving have also just launched an exciting new campaign called Grow your tenner which means that localgiving will match the first £10 of any donation made, so if you give £10, the project receives £20! You can also sign up to give regularly with localgiving. Thanks so much for your support!

Some useful links:

NHS young carers website:

Southampton Children and Young people’s trust:

The Children’s Society Young Carers Include Project:

YMCA-young carers’ festival:

General health and hospital information for young people:

Local child bereavement service- Simon Says:

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