Young Carers Service
The Young Carers Service provides support, information and breaks for young people who look after someone at home with any long term illness or disability (including mental health conditions, drug and alcohol misuse).
The young people may provide additional support around the home or be emotionally affected; perhaps through worrying about the person they care for. In addition they may miss out on things that other young people experience.
The aim of the project is to provide a safe environment for young people to have fun, meet other young carers and have a chance to be children and play.
We work with young carers from 5 – 25 years. The core age group is 8 – 18 years, however we work with 5-7 year olds during school holidays and we have a group for young adult carers (aged 18 – 25 years) who meet weekly.
Young carers aged 8 – 14 years can attend a weekly group on Saturday mornings at the John Pounds Centre in Portsea. There they can use computers, take part in cooking, art, games, sports, music, pool and table tennis (this group is closed during the summer holidays).
Young carers who are 14 – 18 years have a weekly group on a Monday evening at the Carers Centre. This group is a bit more like a youth club; here the young people can take part games, art and craft, movie nights, cooking, quizzes, computer games and use the internet.
We also provide activities during the school holidays for young people aged 5 – 18 years. The programme of activities includes, cooking, swimming, day trips, art sessions, visiting the adventure playgrounds / splash pools, museums, golf, bowling and cinema to name but a few. This programme of activities will be emailed (or posted) out to the young carers.
Referrals can be made by young people, parents, carers and professionals either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the young carers service on 023 9282 1816.
Further information can be found on the Portsmouth City Council website here