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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.

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 in Schools Programme
The Young Carers in Schools programme is an exciting England-wide initiative that aims to make it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and awards good practice. Run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus partners, we are working with schools across England to share good practice and develop relevant, accessible tools and training.
Solihull Carers Centre can help you achieve your award


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What is the DMG?

The DMG stands for Decision Making Group. This is a small group of young carers who play an important part of shaping the service the Solihull Young Carers team provide. We know that we cannot deliver a great service for young carers unless they are involved in the decision making, and take into account their experience, views or opinions on what the young carers team are doing.

As a DMG member you could help with:

Deciding on trips by listening to young carers by looking at evaluation forms

Designing artwork for our posters or leaflets

Applying for funding

Asking other young carers for their ideas

Designing surveys and questionnaires

Meeting important people like The Mayor, Councillors and MP’s

And much more …

DMG members could also attend specific training on things like decision making or team building, and have their own activities to recognise the valuable contribution they make to the service.

When is it?

There are two DMG’s. They happen every other month

Where is it?

We hold the meetings in different places, it might be in a meeting room or around a table whilst out for dinner

How do I get involved?

If you would like to be involved in the DMG then please let our Events and Activities Co-ordinator know. We have 6 young carers for each age group so places are limited. however we do change the members on a yearly basis. You will have to sign up to an agreement to become a member so that you know what the rules are.

In the meantime, if you would like to have your say at the DMG you can fill in the online form here, or you can put your views and comments on an evaluation form at the end of any group session or trip that you attend. Alternatively, you can contact our Events and Activities Co-ordinator barrynoy@solihullcarers.org and let him know.

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Interesting facts

We know that there are 900 young carers living in Solihull but research tells us there are up to 6000 living in the borough of Solihull – young carers often don’t know they are young carers or don’t want to tell anyone

Around 1 in 10 school children are young carers

In Solihull, young carers known to us are 54% girls and 46% boys

The average of a young carers known to us in Solihull is 12

Young carers have a right to have their needs assessed and find out what support is available to them – you can ask for a young carers assessment from the Young Carers team

 

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There are other services in Solihull that can support the needs of young carers. Take a look and click on the ‘blue’ links to visit the websites

Being a young carer – your rights

Bullying

ABBA (Anti-Bullying Behaviour Alliance)

ABBA support and campaign for young people around anti-bullying who live in Solihull. Regular meetings, activities, workshops and arranging activity days for others who may have experienced bullying e.g. art, drama, music, cooking and poetry

Contact: 0121 717 5805 abba@solihull.gov.uk

Drugs and Alcohol

Str8 Up

For young people (anyone under 18) the starting point is Str8 Up. Str8 Up provide a comprehensive and confidential treatment service for young people using drugs, alcohol or solvents. They also offer support for young people who are, or have been, affected by a parent’s or carer’s substance use. The service is free to young people who live in the borough of Solihull, or who attend a Solihull school. Treatment includes counselling, prescribing and help with managing anger, stress or anxiety.

Contact: 0121 788 5390

Need someone to talk to

Childline

If you are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small – it can really help if you talk to someone. If something on your mind, if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, lonely or down, no matter what it
is Childline is a private and confidential service who are there to answer your call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There number is also free from mobiles and doesn’t show up on ANY bill.

Contact: 08001111

If you know of any other services that could go on this page, please contact ginaward@solihullcarers.org

 

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