Young Carers Family Support

The Family Support Project offers a holistic approach to working with families that are struggling to overcome the effects of living with drug or alcohol misuse or mental illness. The project provides time limited support to enable both the adults and young people in these vulnerable families to improve their wellbeing and reach their full potential.

Purpose of the Family Support Project

  • To support young carers aged 6-18 years old and their families that are at risk of achieving poor outcomes because of a parent/significant adult’s substance misuse and/or mental illness
  • To lower barriers into treatment for the parent/significant adult within the family
  • To maximise the opportunity for young carers to achieve positive outcomes and minimise their caring role
  • To actively promote a whole family ethos for young carers

We offer the following support to young carers and their families:

  • One to one support to promote emotional wellbeing
  • Regular club nights for young carers and to meet with other young carers
  • Specialist group work and targeted activities
  • Supporting the young carers into mainstream Young Carers services including the mental health awareness support group ‘Fused’
  • School support
  • Someone to talk to who understands
  • Help families break down their barriers into treatment by providing practical support in arranging and attending initial appointments
  • Information, advice and linking families with relevant services to meet their individual needs
  • Limited provision of childcare to families affected by substance misuse for those aged under 6 in the household as long as there is a child aged 6+ receiving support from Young Carers in the family
  • Provision of childcare/positive activities to young people aged 6-18 years old where need has been identified at times of crisis e.g. school holidays, or an acute episode of mental health or substance misuse whilst assisting the parent/significant adult to stay in treatment at these difficult times

All families will be listened to and taken seriously, respected and encouraged in a client focused way to maximise opportunities and achieve positive outcomes.

The Project is unable to accept self-referrals or referrals from parents/guardians. If you are a parent/guardian of a young carer, speak to a professional who knows about the family situation and your child’s caring role, and they can make a referral to us.