Young Carers are defined as children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse problem, taking on practical and / or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
The Young Carers Service provides a range of supports linked to the needs of the young person. This includes activities that provide respite from the caring role, the opportunity to access peer support from other young carers within a group setting and the opportunity to participate in national events such as the Scottish Young Carers Festival. A major function of the service is to support young carers with issues that concern them and assist them to access other services such as College or Skills Development Scotland.
Young Carers can be provided with the opportunities for training such as First Aid, Introduction to Youth and Play Work. Some of our young carers have received the Millennium Volunteer Award for giving up their free time to improve a service. Our Drama Group have helped write, produce and star in a DVD “Day in the Life of a Young Carer” which will be showcased across Inverclyde.