Young Carers Project

It is estimated there are over 24,500 people in Newham providing care for a relative or friend. Carers do an amazing job, and have the right to be supported. You do not have to wait until you are struggling or there is a crisis before you ask for support. The earlier you get help, the more difference it can make.

Carers FIRST provides support to a carers of all ages in Newham.

The Newham Young Carer Project

This project aims to support young people aged 5 to 18 who are in a caring role by offering them support and the opportunity to have a break from their caring role and meet others who are in a similar situation. Our workers are based in the community and work from the Youth Zones around the Borough.

Following referral to Carers FIRST an assessment is completed with the young person and their family so the Young Carer Team can see a true picture of the situation the Young Carer faces and can suggest some support. 

We provide support, information and advice, including supporting you to talk about your caring role to others, 1-1 Sessions, Trips Out, Youth Clubs, Fun Activities and Text Service.

A Young Carer is someone aged between 5 and 18 who cares for someone. The person they care for could be a parent, grandparent or a sibling.

What might a young carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine.
  • Helping someone communicate
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.
  • Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up
Service access criteria: young carers 18 and under
Categories:
Connecting with others
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Day to day helping hand
Helping with money
Information and advice
Transport and getting around
Mental health
Support with housing
Support with employment
Support for carers
Volunteering
Managing a long-term health condition
Basic necessities (food/clothes)
Advocacy
Arts and creativity
Connecting with nature
Youth support
Social prescribing
N/A
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Non English speaking friendly
N/A

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