Carer Services

I’m a young Carer (under 18 years)

If you are aged under 18 years old and you look after a family member who has a disability or an illness, then you are a young carer. 

Maybe you help your mum, dad, brother or sister by making drinks or snacks, cleaning and tidying, or by talking to them and keeping them company. You may feel you miss out because you have to look after your parent or another adult. Or your life may be different because your mum or dad takes a lot of time to look after your brother or sister. 

Spurgeons is an externally commissioned service providing a wide range of support and services for Young Carers. You can find out more and contact them here. If you are under the age of 18 then you usually need parental permission for you to be able to join Spurgeons Young Carers 

Meal Kit Delivery Service for Young Carers in Birmingham
Aquarius Action Projects prepare and deliver weekly meal kits for Young Carers (aged 10 and above) and their families. The kits come with recipe cards, nutritional advice and Young Carers will have access to pre-recorded cook-along videos.

Young Carers will be welcomed into a community of other Young Carers who are looking to build on their cooking skills. As Coronavirus restrictions reduce, Young Carers will be invited to some face to face cookery classes and a celebration event.

Freshly prepared food and healthy ingredients are so important to physical and mental health. Having these meal kits to hand will eliminate any dinner time stress and improve family relationships by preparing and enjoying a meal together. It will build on existing skills and confidence as well as providing an opportunity for fun!

For more information contact emma.murphy@aquarius.org.uk
or taylor.barrett@aquarius.org.uk, or complete this referral form and questionnaire outlining any allergies, dietary requirements and food preferences.

YMCA Sutton Coldfield offers free support to young Carers aged 14 to 18 years old, providing care to a family member in Birmingham. Young people around the country take on regular or ongoing support for a parent or a sibling with a physical or mental illness, a disability, or who is struggling with substance misuse. This is a huge responsibility bringing feelings of anxiety, stress, reducing the time for socialisation and recreation and increasing feelings of loneliness and isolation. Through additional funding, YMCA Sutton Coldfield can now offer extra support to Young Carers aged 14 to 18, in addition to the help currently provided.

Teenagers who are in a caring role in Birmingham can benefit from a weekly afternoon session each Saturday. Over the space of three hours, Young Carers can attend a café session and get involved with activities such as comic book art or cooking etc. They can also take part in activities (bowling, cinema) and school holiday trips. If transport is an issue, a drop off and pick up service can be provided. YMCA Sutton Coldfield hopes that this support will make Young Carers feel less isolated, improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing as well as giving them a much needed break from their caring role.

To request support, complete and submit this referral form or email releaseyoungcarers@ymcasc.org.uk, alternatively, if you would prefer to talk to someone call 0121 354 5614 or 07546 532 345.

Carer Services

Below you can find out about support relating to specific caring situations