Young Carers

Young Carers Information
 
A young carer is a child or young person who is helping to look after someone at home.  Most are caring for a parents, commonly in a single parent family, but some may be taking responsibility for a sibling, grandparent or other relative.  In some instances, a young carer may care for more than one family member.  The person they look after may have one of more of the following:
-Physical disability
-Learning disability
-Mental illness
-Chronic illness
-Substance misuse problem
 
There are some different services in the city who offer targeted support to Young Carers.  The support offered will depend on the needs of the Young Carer and their family.
For advice, discussion and information contact the Gateway Team on 01752 668000 or email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk
 
Young carers can get support locally through Efford Youth Club.  They run groups, one for 8 to 10 year olds and one for 11-16 year olds.
Telephone 01752 776853 or email southeast.youth@plymouth.gov.uk
 
The Fun and Freedom club also offer support for young carers and can be found at the following web address www.friendsandfamilies.org.uk or telephone 01752 204369.
 
We are looking to support our young carers in school to a greater extent, beginning with offering a termly young carers club.  If you feel that your child is a young carer please come in and speak to Mrs Sanders who will be happy to talk this through with you further.  We also have young carer's nominations letters which can be obtained through the school office and sent in by parents or carers.