We are delighted to have been entrusted by Medway Council to provide support for Medway’s many young carers between 2014-2017. Building on our experience of engaging and supporting vulnerable young people and their families and helping them to make positive progress was a key element of our proposals.
Young carers are under reported and especially among those that are in harder to reach groups. The new support service aims to reach and include those young carers who are currently not recognised as carers. We will work with other services to ensure a coordinated approach and of course to ensure that young carers are not in inappropriate caring role. The voice of young people is integral to the work and approach of Medway Youth Trust and the new service will involve Young Carers and 'Cared For' people in identifying and meeting needs.
We will do this through:
- Support for young carers and their families: our support will include 1:1 sessions, group sessions for young carers in our Chatham (New Road) centre and also social activities for their families. We will also provide group support sessions in schools.
- Awareness and support in schools: we will deliver awareness raising assembly talks and will be launching a Young Carers Charter, encouraging schools and academies to show support for their students who have caring responsibilities at home.
- Partnership and collaboration: we will develop a joint young carers protocol with Medway Children’s Social Care, Adult Social Care and NHS to ensure that whichever route a young carer or their family is identified that they will receive the same response. We will also of course work closely with the Adult Carers’ Service.
We are currently appointing staff for this service and we will announce when we have staff in post. We will shortly be uploading our new web page too.
In the meantime, any enquiries should be directed to our CEO at email@example.com