We have the pleasure of running the East Hants Young Carers Programme. Our Young Carers are aged 8-18 years old and have been referred to us to join the programme. We offer school and family support, club nights, residentials and so much more.
This is their time, to be themselves and to have fun.
Am i one?
Children and young people under the age of 18 years old who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
I didn’t consider myself a Young Carer as my parents look after my brother. However, I did feel he was getting all of their attention, this made me have mixed emotions, I felt angry and guilty at the same time. Since being referred to YC’s, I know my feelings are normal and I can now enjoy my own space and enjoy being at home too.
in their words
So what do we do during our sessions? During this COVID period, we are running zoom sessions with our Young Carers. They will have the opportunity to mix with other young people across East Hants who are in a similar situation to themselves. We play games, celebrate birthdays, hang out and talk about whatever is important to them that day. Once we are allowed, our centres will reopen and we will get together in the real world to play games, pool, xbox, make crafts and generally have fun. We share meals together and sometimes go on outings.
The family events are great, I get to spend quality time with my family.
I never feel judged, I feel like I am actually listened to.
I feel like I belong somewhere, where I don’t have to explain anything, unless I want to.
It’s just something to look forward to each month, that’s just for me.
Although COVID-19 has meant that our Youth Centres are currently closed, we are still there for our Young Carers. There is plenty to get involved with KA at Home, from competitions and challenges to funny content on Instagram: @ka_athome as well as our zoom groups - we miss our Young Carers' cheeky faces!
Our Youth Workers are available to chat privately to Young Carers, just click the red "Let's Chat" button at the bottom right of the screen and leave us a message. One of our Youth Workers will then be in touch.
Maybe you're worried about school, or struggling with current issues, or maybe they just want a different someone to talk to, we’re still here for you.
This is a special message to our Young Carers from all of us at The King's Arms.
Mandy, Young Carers' lead
REFER SOMEONE TO YOUNG CARERS
The Young Carers' programme works on a referral only basis; a parent, teacher or other professional can make this referral using the referral form below. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the process or would just like to chat and find out a bit more, please email or call Mandy May-Martin on 07769 991552 or 01730 231292 or ask someone in your school or college to contact us.