Spurgeons Young Carers in Wiltshire

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Service summary

Spurgeons Young Carers Wiltshire provides support for Young Carers up to the age of 18. We help Young Carers who are involved in the practical and/or emotional care of parents/siblings or other family members. 

Client groups

A Young Carer is a child or young person (aged from 5 to 25) whose life is affected by caring for at least one family member, over and above just 'helping out'. 

They might look after: Parent(s) Grandparent(s) Sibling(s) Close relative(s) 
Lots of children and young people help to care for a parent, or other relative for different reasons. They might care for a relative who is disabled, has an illness, mental health problem or experiences drug or alcohol related issues.

Service details

Services for young carers in Wiltshire are provided by Spurgeons, the national children’s charity. If you (or someone you know): 

  • Spends the majority of their time outside of school caring for a relative 
  • Live in Wiltshire or are at school in Wiltshire 
  • Are aged between 5 and 18 years
You can access lots of different services for help and support like: 
  • 1 to 1 mentoring and peer support 
  • Getting involved in activities in your community 
  • Trips and activities to give you a break 
  • Someone to talk to, especially if someone close to you dies, and support and advice around things like self-esteem, confidence, bullying, anxiety and stress 
  • Extra support when you move from primary to secondary school, and when it’s time to move on from school to something else like further education, training or finding a job 
  • Someone to speak up for you and make sure that your views are heard and respected by the adults that are making decisions about you
If you’re a carer aged between 15-25 years you can also access adult carer support services. Spurgeons will also give you advice on the phone, and tell you about other agencies which may be able to help you. They want to make sure every young carer and adult young carer who needs support is able to access the service and that nobody is left behind.
If you feel you might need some extra help you can talk to a range of professionals, for example a teacher, a youth worker, family support worker or maybe even a social worker if you have one. They can all contact Spurgeons on your behalf. You or your parents can also contact Spurgeons yourself by phone on 01225 701820 or email sycwadmin@spurgeons.org or you can visit the Spurgeons webpage

Further information

https://www.yourcareyoursupportwiltshire.org.uk/health-and-social-care/young-carers

Area served

Wiltshire

The page was last updated on 12 April 2017

Main address

c/o Longfield Children's Centre
Broadcloth Lane
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 7HE

Main telephone

01225 701820

Organisation email

sycwadmin@spurgeons.org

Website

www.spurgeonsyc.org