Young Carers

Young Carers are children/young people under 18 years old who provide care, assistance or support to a member of their family who are disabled, have an illness, have a mental health problem or who are misusing drugs or alcohol.

Young carer’s day to day caring responsibilities can include:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Shopping
  • Listening
  • Personal Care tasks

Young people caring for family members can experience high levels of pressure, which can in turn impact on their mental health. Caring for a family member can affect young people, socially, physically, emotionally and developmentally. Young carers can miss out on opportunities that other young people have to play and learn, which can often leave them isolated and alone, afraid to ask for help.

There are a number of organisations within the local area that provide support to young carers and their families. For information and advice about services provided or how to make a referral please contact the team in your local area:

 

Area: BOURNEMOUTH

Team: Young Carers Project

Address: Discovery Court, 551-553 Wallisdown Road, Poole. BH12 5AG

Telephone: 01202 853326

 

Area: POOLE

Team: Young Carers Service

Address: Ted Webster Family Centre, 519a Ashley Road, Poole. BH14 0BD.

Telephone: 01202 261550

 

Area: EAST DORSET

Team: Specialist Prevention Team

Address: Pippins, Hanham Road, Wimborne. BH21 1AS

Telephone: 01202  889969

 

Area: WEST DORSET

Team: Specialist Prevention Team

Address: Old House, Monkton Park, Winterbourne Monkton. DT2 9PS

Telephone: 01305 228200

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