The ‘Own Zone’ is crucial to Young Carers and staff who support them – we hold workshops ,leisure activities and one to one meetings at times to suit young people. Young Carers need a safe confidential environment that will enable them to talk about issues that any adult would struggle with. Such as ‘how do I help my mum when depression makes her cry all day? or ‘is my dad going to get better? What will happen to me if he doesn’t?’ Carers Bucks pay for the lease of the 1st floor at their head office in Aylesbury to facilitate the Own Zone rooms. These are decorated in a style that would appeal to Young Carers of all ages. The Young Carers service includes one to one support and targeted group work. During planned interventions we ask Young Carers to discuss quite difficult subjects and share their thoughts and feelings. This project will help to run Own Zone for 9 months (Based on the second floor of our head-office in Aylesbury)
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Young Carers aged 6 – 18 years from across Aylesbury Vale will benefit from the Own Zone. The young carers who receive one to one support and group work interventions are those who are most profoundly impacted by their caring role or are facing particular difficulties. Being a young carer impacts on all aspects of a child’s life and can deprive them of a ‘normal’ childhood, with effects that last all their lives. Young Carers Bucks is here to help by raising awareness of the challenges Young carers face and giving them the support they need. We give Young Carers opportunities to have a break, meet other young carers and have fun! The Ownzone allows us to do all of this as well as deliver targeted group work that enables young carers to learn about the condition of the person they care for, and to sharer their thoughts and feelings in a safe and trusted environment. In addition we provide individual support whenever and however it is needed.
Steps to get it done:
Promote Activity & Leisure We give Young Carers the opportunity to enjoy their own activities and leisure time within a supported environment. Boost the Economy “A report from Carers UK and the University of Sheffield reveals that the 6.8 million people who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK save the state £132 billion a year – close to the cost of a second NHS.”(12 Nov 2015) Increase volunteering, Jobs and Education Support YCs to remain in school, by supporting their emotional wellbeing and working closely with local schools and colleges. Schools Project helps schools set up yc support groups, and YC staff run regular drop ins in a number of schools and colleges in Bucks. YC staff help older YCs, 16 – 19yo to get actively involved in volunteering, through their in house peer mentor programme, as well as through other voluntary organisations. They also support them to access apprenticeships and work post education
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