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BwD Young Carers Project

Description

CANW’s Young Carers service provides help and support to young people aged 5 onwards who are carrying the care burden at home. They may be looking after parents or siblings, helping them cope with illness, mental health issues, or even substance abuse problems.

We make sure that the child is looked after from all angles – that they can cope at home, that they can cope at school, that they feel supported. We are their advocate, their defender, their comfort. We are their voice when they need it. We give them 1 to 1 support, access to a network of other carers so they know they are not alone and give them someone they can talk to. We give them hope. Our team forms a bridge between school and home and works towards coming up with ways of supporting the young person by providing:

  • Fortnightly ‘chill out’ nights;
  • 10 week programme for 5-8 year olds in a caring role;
  • Support for Young Adult Carers aged 16+;
  • 1:1 sessions; 
  • Advocacy on behalf of the young care;r
  • Peer Mentors for extra support;
  • Young Carers online community;
  • Self-esteem and confidence workshops and other training opportunities;
  • Respite breaks;

Who to contact

Contact Name
Huma Sheikh
Contact Position
Young Carers Co-ordinator
Telephone
01254 692709
E-mail
youngcarers@canw.org.uk
Website
www.canw.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Child Action Northwest
Address
273, Preston New Rd
Blackburn
Lancashire
Postcode
BB2 6PL

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

'Carers Referral & Registration Form' to be completetd.  Contact Young Carers Project on 01254 692709 (Option 2) or the Carers Service on 01254 688440 to request a referral form. 

Other notes

Our aim is to look at how best to support the Young Carer in their caring role.  We would signpost where possible and we would work closely with other services including Adult Services, Early Years, etc to ensure that the family is supported accordingly. 

We aim to advocate on the Young Carer's behalf also, and we liaise with schools/colleges to ensure that the Young Carer is supported in their education setting. 

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
11-16 years
19-25 years
16-19 years