A young carer is a young person who is caring for, or supporting in some way, a family member such as a parent, a sibling or grandparent. The challenges and situations facing young carers today are very real and can have huge impacts upon their emotional, social, educational and health development.

According to the Carers Trust, there are more than 700,000 young carers across the UK today. Each situation is different; some might be the sole carer or part of a caring solution. A young carer will often complete commonplace adult responsibilities like shopping, cooking, cleaning or managing the family budget or collecting medical prescriptions. Often young carers will complete personal care for others such as helping them get out of bed, helping them clean themselves or dress themselves.

Off The Record provides a link between professionals, the young person, the family, the school, their social support needs and their right to be a child as well as young carer. Providing young carers and families with:

  • Home visits
  • Parent support and coffee mornings
  • Support in school and colleges
  • Monthly young carers youth club
  • School holiday trips and activities including cinema, farm visits, and a Christmas pantomime
  • Arts and crafts sessions
  • Annual young carers festival
  • One-to-One time
  • Fun and a chance to be a young person

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See more of what our young carers get up to by visiting their Instagram page. 

We are part of a Hampshire wide consortium linking up with 9 other projects across the county to provide support for young carers, HYCA (Hampshire Young Carers Alliance).

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The young carers really look forward to their Thursday group and are always asking if it's their week. It helps them to unwind and have space during the school week, thank you for your support.

 

 

I loved the farm trip and seeing the animals, I thought the Llamas were really funny.

Please download, fill in and send back the young carers referral pack and the primary young carer referral form to refer a young person to the young carers programme.