Young Carers

If you’re aged 7-18 and looking after someone in your family with a long-term health problem or disability we can help you as a young carer.

It can often be isolating being a young carer but we have a supportive team to offer you all you need to ensure you’re well looked after.

How we can be there for you

We will work with you to create a tailored support package for you and your family. This could include:

  • One-to-one work:
  • School support:
  • Trips and activities: Please note that we are currently running online activities only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Signposting: We will let you know about any other useful services and support agencies that could help you.

‘When I got invited to my first activity I didn’t want to go because I was scared that I wasn’t going to make any friends but I actually enjoyed myself and Young Carers has helped boost my confidence and it has been great.’

‘Just want to say thank you very much. The girls had a great time and it’s thanks to all of you that gave up your evening for them and the other children.  It was lovely for them to have some relaxing time rather than care time.’

Our Commitment

All our dedicated staff and volunteers have an Enhanced DBS check and receive regular training to ensure we deliver the best service to our important Young Carers.

We are members of Hampshire Young Carers Alliance and work with Hampshire County Council and other agencies to develop a programme of work in line with County and National policies.

Keep up to date

We always have a lot of activities going on for our New Forest Young Carers. To find out more about what’s been going on recently take a look at our news online or sign up for our e-news updates.

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Support us

Fundraising

We greatly appreciate donations as these allow us to offer more activities for our Young Carers, as well as some much needed respite. Please contact us if you would like to make a donation.

Volunteering

We are currently looking for Volunteer Drivers in the New Forest to help us deliver activity packs and other resources to the young people we support. You can also register to be involved when we resume face-to-face activities where we will require  help with transporting our Young Carers to and from sessions.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please visit Volunteer First to find out more.

Referrals and Enquiries

We accept referrals for any young person in the New Forest District, aged 7 to 18 who is affected by the disability, health problems or substance abuse of another member of their family. This can be a self-referral or come from anyone else involved with the family.

You can make a referral via the contact details below.

Get in touch

Telephone: 01425 482773
Fax: 01425 482666
Email: marie.shotbolt@cfirst.org.uk

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