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In line with new Data Protection legislation, carers aged 5 – 25 cannot access the services we provide without up to date consent.  If you have not yet received or returned your form click here to download a form and return it to us at our offices or to youngcarers@solihullcarers.org

Young Carers Consent Form

Consent Form Adults aged 18+

Hello from the Solihull Young Carers Team

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for changes in legislation that affect young carers and young adult carers, click here

In Solihull, there is an online e-learning tool for professionals and members of the public to find out more about young carers – click this link to take a look

Solihull Young Carers are on Facebook – click here to  our page and here to view our page.  You can also Skype or Facetime us between 5 and 7pm every Wednesday at youngcarers@solihullcarers.org

Solihull Council have adopted a Young Carers Promise – so young carers living in Solihull can find out what support they can expect to receive in the area.  Click link to view the Promise

Supporting children & young people aged 5 to 18 – who are caring for someone

If you are registered with us or are looking for information about young carers and the service we provide to support them – WELCOME to the Solihull Young Carers webpage.  The young carers team support children and young people aged 5 – 18 whose lives are affected by caring or helping to care for someone at home.  Young carers may care for someone with a physical or learning disability, mental ill health, drug or alcohol dependency, a long term or life limiting condition or frailty.

We hope this site provides useful information for young carers and helps others to gain a better understanding of their lives and their needs – including ways in which we can support young carers living in Solihull.

If you are a young carer

To find out what we are getting up to look at our Newsletter and/or Events and Activities page.  If you’re interested in facts about young carers visit our Did you know tab and if you want to find out what other services are around for you look at our Other Services tab.  If you want to ask more questions or join us you can contact us on 01217881143 or youngcarers@solihullcarers.org.

If you are 14 years old or above and don’t want anyone to know that you want support from us – you MAY still be able to join, but you will need to talk to us about this first.

 

Consent

If you are a registered young carers and wish to down load a consent form click here

If you are a professional

You can find more information, referral forms and leaflets on our Making a Referral or Did you know tab

If you are a school

To find out about our School Award Scheme head to our School Award Scheme tab

If you want to find out more about our DMG (Decision Making Group) or are a member

You can find out what’s happening and when by visiting our DMG tab

Did You Know?…

  • Young carers can provide personal care like dressing, washing and toileting
  • They may deal with finances, medication and attend to medical emergencies, including speaking to professionals or taking the person their care for to the doctors
  • They may have to help look after younger members of the family or do more housework, shopping and cooking than is usually expected of a child their age.
  • Young carers can often feel guilty, worried, frustrated and angry but may not feel comfortable talking about their situation.
  • They can find it difficult to concentrate at school, struggle to do homework or get to school on time.
  • They can find it hard to make or keep friends for long because they can’t do all the things their friends can do.
  • Young Carers also find it hard to go out and have time for themselves, and often don’t know other who are in the same situation – which can make them feel different or lonely!
  • However – young carers can develop independent skills quite early in their lives.  They can be mature for their age and by the nature of what they can be very caring, kind and responsible young people who are proud of the care and support they give to their loved ones.

What the Solihull Young Carers team do?

We have friendly support workers who will help with:

  • Someone who understands and can make time to talk to you about feelings or problems you are having – click here to find out more about support work
  • Finding you other services that can help
  • Helping you with what you want to say to others, or speaking to people for you
  • Issues at school – like bullying, homework problems, friendships or problems you are facing because you are a young carer
  • We do Young Carers Assessments – where we find out EXACTLY how we can help you in many different areas of your life
  • Preparing for college, training or employing and preparing you for adult life

We provide FREE trips out and events and activities (especially during the holiday times) including:

  • Day trips
  • Mini holidays (residentials)
  • Young carers clubs
  • School holiday activities and more

We also provide FREE training on things like:

  • First aid awareness
  • Staying Safe
  • How to move someone safely
  • Food safety and more

And:

  • We provide each young carer with a carers card

Am I a Young Carer?

If you’re not sure whether you’re a young carer or if you can join our service – click here for our Am I a Young Carer checklist

Making a referral

Anyone can make a referral i.e. professionals, schools, other services, families or young carers themselves by visiting our Making a Referral page.  If you’re a young carer – this page is quite boring so you can just call or email – contact details below.

If you think you may be a young carer or know someone who is, if you would like to find out more about what the Solihull Young Carers team do contact us at youngcarers@solihullcarers.org or on 01217881143

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Young Carers Newsletter

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Young Adult Carers

This service in Solihull has been created to acknowledge and support Young Adult Carers. Who do we help? As more information and support becomes available for adult and young carers, a very ‘hidden’ group of carers in society is emerging – carers aged between 16 and 25 years. These are known as Young Adult Carers. …

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14 to 25 NEET Project

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Events & Activities

Young Carers Events and Activities We know young carers need and deserve time out from caring – so we offer free activities to give you a chance to have fun, make new friends with others who understand, have time to yourself and to do things you may not usually be able to due to caring. For more details …

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Tell Us What You Think

We’d like to hear what you think about us. Let us know by filling in the form below:

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Make a Referral

Anyone can make a referral i.e. professionals, schools, other services, families and young carers themselves. You can make a referral by completing the referral form below and return it to us at youngcarers@solihullcarers.org or post to Solihull Young Carers Team, Solihull Carers Centre, Solihull Fire Station Annexe, 620 Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, B91 1QY.  We aim to make contact and complete …

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