What this service offers young carers

This service offers young carers the chance to have:

Weekly group meetings - we meet after school to have fun, make friends, to chill out, eat snacks, get information, do skill development activities and challenges.

Respite Outings - we go on day outings each school holiday time and our High School members have a weekend trip away at Christmas time.

One to One - we can meet with our workers if we want advice, or want to talk about any worries or difficulties we might have.  We can also drop in at lunch times or after school if we want a confidential chat or information.

Advocacy Support - our workers can support us at school or at any family support meetings.  We can ask them to represent us by speaking to individual people or organisations when we want to flag up any concerns, difficultes or ideas we think might help.  We can also work together as a group to give information to services so that they can better support us and our families; we can also provide training for them.

What does it cost us to join?

Our time - but we've found that family members and Crossroads Care can help us by supporting  the people we care for.

Transport - the service pays for all our transport costs, this includes getting us home after group meetings and going on outings.

Food - all our snacks and meals out are paid for by the service.

Activity costs - they are paid for by the service. 

What happens to any information we share with our workers?

  • It is treated with respect.
  • It is only shared with others if we agree to this.
  • We are encouraged to share information with our families and others who are in the position to support us.  Our workers help us identify choices we might have on how to deal with things so that we still feel in control. We might decide we need to protect our families from our worries or feelings at times.  It works in a similar way to when our parents go to outside agencies for support without involving us because they want to protect us.

Are there any exceptions to this rule ?

  • Yes - if it means keeping people safe.  When we tell our workers or volunteers something which makes them feel we or someone else might be at risk of harm, then they have to tell someone else who can help. This is likely to be someone in our family, a health worker, social worker or police officer.  Our workers support us through this process and we have a say in how the information is passed on.  When we are 16 years of age, as long as we are not on the Child Protection Register or on a Supervision Order, we control the information. The only exception to this would be if a child or someone vulnerable was at risk of being hurt.  For all other information we decide whether we want it passed on to others and our workers will support us with our choices.   

When do we have to move on from the service?

  • When we reach 18 years of age.
  • When our circumstances and our caring role changes.
  • If the person we care for dies; we get bereavement support - the time for this is agreed following discussion with ourselves, our workers, our familes and advice from other appropriate support services.