A young carer is someone age 5 to their 18th birthday who regularly provides care and emotional support to a family member (parent, brother or sister, grandparent or other relative) who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses alcohol or drugs.
The Carers Hub
The Carers Hub is a commissioned service by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. They work across the region providing a free of charge support service to adult and Young Carers (5-18 year olds).
The Carers Hub delivers a 6 week programme in school called ‘YouCan’. It is designed to help young people who have a caring role, to build self-esteem and better peer relationships within the school setting. The aim is not just to support young carers in the short term but to leave a legacy and give them skills and support-networks in school, so they feel able to manage their caring responsibilities.
Mrs Allen and Mrs Brennan are Sandford Hill’s Young Carer champions. They support children who have been identified as Young Carers to ensure that the level of caring they are doing does not have a negative effect on them. They will also support the Young Carers of Sandford Hill whilst they access the ‘YouCan’ programme.
Click the image below to access the Stoke-on-Trent Carers Hub