Young carers: support and advice

Young carers: Support and Advice

What is a Young Carer?

A Young Carer is a person aged 18 or under who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member suffering from any of the following:

  • A long-term illness/condition
    • a physical or learning disability
    • a drug or alcohol problem
    • a mental health condition.

The support provided by a young carer varies but typically it involves a combination of personal (such as helping to dress or bathe them), practical (such as cooking, cleaning and shopping) and emotional care (such as talking through their concerns with them).

According to the last census, in Tower Hamlets there are around 3500 young carers, with many more going unidentified. These young people miss out on valuable experiences and opportunities because of their caring responsibilities.

The Young Carers Project

The Young Carers Projectis run by Tower Hamlets Youth Service for all young carers in Tower Hamlets. The project aims to provide young carers the opportunity to take a break from the daily responsibilities of being a carer by interacting with others facing similar challenges.

The group will take part in activities such as art, drama, music, photography, canoeing, biking, climbing, swimming, cinema, bowling, and other activities as decided by the young people who attend.

What is involved in the project?

  • access to weekly respite sessions
  • school holiday activities
  • residential breaks
  • days out
  • 1:1 support

Weekly club-based sessions are held every week from Limehouse Youth Centre, Limehouse Causeway, E14 8BN. The sessions will run as follows:

  • Tuesday 4.30-6.30pm for 8-12 year olds
  • Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm for 13-18 year olds

For more information please contact:

Sorrel Norwood
Young Carers Participation Worker
Tel: 020 7364 4091
Email: sorrel.norwood@towerhamlets.gov.uk