Young Adult Carers Transitions Project
16 – 24 Year Olds
We are flexible in our approach, completely non-judgmental and are here to support young adult carers however they need us to.
There are 229,318 Young Adult Carers aged 16-24 in the UK and this is 5.3% of all people in that age group. One quarter of all Young Adult Carers in the UK (56,069 people) are providing care for more than 20 hours per week and almost 27,000 of these, (12% of the total) are providing care for more than 50 hours each week.
The term Young Adult Carer applies to anyone between 16 and 24 whose life is in some way restricted because of the need to take responsibility for the care of a person on a regular basis. They may be the main Carer, or provide partial care for a Brother, Sister, Mother, Father, Grandparent, Husband, Wife or Partner. The person being Cared for may have a long-term illness, a physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulties, mental illness or be affected by alcohol or substance misuse.
We can offer the following services:
One to One visits
A support worker can meet with you at your home, here at the centre, or in a mutually convenient place i.e. Coffee Shop. The aim is to provide you with information, support and a listening ear. We can meet with you and your family together or just you if you would prefer.
Support & Signposting
Where appropriate for us to do so, we can accompany Young Adult Carers to meetings and support them to get their views, needs and wishes across to other professionals. We can support Yong Adult Carers in completing paperwork and forms when applying for a place in further or higher education, job application forms, and benefit applications.
Join us at one of our monthly Drop In’s based in Colchester and Maldon. This is an opportunity to meet other Young Adults in a similar situation to yourself; improve your social skills by sharing experiences and ideas within the group, sit and relax, enjoy activities, make new friends, speak to your support worker about things that are happening in your life, that may be worrying or concerning you.
Colchester YAC Drop-In* runs on the 2nd Wednesday evening of every month between 5pm - 7pm
Colchester Town House, 39-42 East Stockwell Street, Colchester, CO1 1SS.
Term time only.
Maldon YAC Drop-In* runs the 3rd Tuesday of every month
Maldon Activity Centre, Carmelite Way, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5GF.
Term time only.
Chelmsford YAC Drop-In* runs fortnightly on a Wednesday lunch time between 12-2pm
The Chelmsford College, Moulsham St Campus, 102 Moulsham St, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0JQ.
Term time only.
(*times and dates of drop-ins are subject to change dependant on respite activities)
Learn new skills
Come along to one of our workshops, where we will cover subjects like:-
Entry to Employment
Self Esteem and Confidence Building
Rights and Entitlements
Workshops run through the holidays. Places must be booked to attend. Contact Georgina for further information or to book your place.
We provide regular activities and trips to give you time away from your caring role, enjoy a social life and make new friends.
Who Cares? We Care!
You are not alone
Lots of Young Adult Carers have already enjoyed the benefits that sharing their problems can bring, and now they know that they have someone who can support and understand their needs.
If you think this is something you may benefit from then please call:-
We look forward to working with you.
Georgina Richardson - Young Adult Carer Transition Worker - Colchester and Maldon
Tracy Elsdon - Young Adult Carer Transition Worker - Braintree and Chelmsford
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