Could you support a young carer?

Barnardo’s Kirklees are looking for local volunteers, aged 18 and over, to befriend young carers, spend time with them and provide some emotional support.

Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest children’s charity and is commissioned us and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups to deliver our Kirklees Young Carers service.

What do the Young Carers service do?

They support young people aged 8 to 18 years who care for a family member with a mental health problem, physical disability, long term illness or substance misuse problem.

The role of carer can be demanding for anybody, but young carers in particular often need more support themselves. Which is where you could help…

What would befriending a young carer involve?

They are looking for people to spend time with young carers, give them the chance to relax and have fun so it could involve things like walks in the park, bowling, cinema or museums. It might also be that the person needs more practical support, such as help with their homework. Befriending would usually be on an evening or weekend, whenever is suitable for you, the carer and their family.

Why should I befriend a young carer?

Volunteer befrienders are really important in helping this group of young people.  You will receive training in how to carry out the role effectively, and you’ll also be refunded any expenses.

So, can you befriend a young carer and support them with the stresses and strains of their life?

More information

For more information, please contact: Lucy Tomlin, Barnardo’s Volunteer Co-ordinator on 0113 2491634 or by email lucy.tomlin@barnardos.org.uk

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