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Wokingham Young Carers Project

Do you help to look after someone at home? If you do, then you may be a young carer and you and your family may be entitled to support.

Young carers are children or young people who look after someone (normally in their family) who has an illness, a disability, mental ill-health or a problem with drugs or alcohol. You may take on practical or emotional caring tasks that an adult would normally do.

If you are a young carer, you may be looking after your mum or dad, or maybe your brother or sister.

The first thing to know is that you are not alone. There are thousands of other young people like you who care for someone in their family. Some young carers have to:

  • Help lift someone to help them get around or help them wash, go to the toilet or get dressed.
  • Look after a brother or sister and make sure they are safe.
  • Cheer someone up or support them when they are feeling down.
  • Help care for someone by doing the cooking or housework or other jobs in the home.
  • Interpret for someone or help them communicate.

If you are a young carer, juggling all your responsibilities may be difficult and it can be hard to find time for homework, activities after school or friends.

Wokingham Young Carers Project offers a flexible child focused and family orientated approach, working with the family to reduce a Young Carers role.

We offer Young Carers:

  • Information, advice and emotional support
  • Act as advocates for the Young Carer
  • Liaise with schools so that teachers can better support Young Carers
  • Support Young Carers to use local services
  • Provide opportunities for Young Carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities
  • Help the family to find the support they need, and are entitled to, from local services, so that a Young Carers caring responsibilities can be reduced.

Read our Young Carers Assessment Guide to find out about the referral process.

Website:
Support for young carers
Provider:
Carers Trust East Midlands on behalf of Wokingham Borough Council
Commissioned by Wokingham Borough Council

Who to contact

Contact Position
Young Carers Support Worker
Telephone
0118 324 7333
0791 354 6417
Email
ask@berkshirecarershub.org

When is it On/Open ?

Date & Time Information

Office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Facilities and Accessibility

Additional Information

If you are a young carer and need advice or just someone to talk to in confidence, call or text: 0791 354 6417 or send us an email: ask@berkshirecarershub.org

Accessing this service

Age Ranges
5 - 18 years
Eligibility Criteria

Children and young people under the age of 18 years who are caring for someone, either practically or emotionally and live within Wokingham Borough.

Booking and Registration Notes

To access support and activities, a short assessment needs to be completed and the child/young person registered as a Young Carer.

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral notes

Professionals access service via Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) available from the Early Help Hub, Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN or phone 0118 908 8002.

Family and self referrals contact: The Early Help Hub at Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BN or phone 0118 908 8002.

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

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Data last checked: 06/06/2017
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