* Bridgend Young Carers Short Breaks
Bridgend Young Carers Service
A young carer is someone who takes responsibility for someone who is ill, disabled, elderly, experiencing mental illness or affected by substance misuse, or has substantial responsibility for caring for a brother or sister. Young carer's lives are restricted because of their caring role, they can feel different to their peers, be socially isolated or lack in confidence as they don't have the same access to social opportunities as their peers.
We help children and young people aged 8 to 18 who are caring for someone in their family. We try to make life easier by offering practical and emotional support for the young carer and by giving them a break from their caring role so they can enjoy some time of their own and meet other young people with similar experience.
The service is extremely important and valued by our Young Carers and their families as in some cases it is the only form of time out that these exceptional young people have. Our Young Carers groups run on Monday evenings in Bridgend. We also provide a few day trips during the school holidays to offer much deserved leisure opportunities. The holidays can be the hardest time for a young carer as their caring role can increase and they are isolated from their peers and social opportunities.
We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions
We aim to reduce homelessness with young people by providing a range of interventions, including housing advice, conflict resolution, education in schools, group work and support for the individual young person.
We offer a general counselling and support service including befriending, advising on food preparation, reminding and non-specialist counselling where this does not overlap with similar services provided as personal care or personal support.
Our service is assist young people, between the ages of 16 - 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
We aim to provide;
- A welcoming and accessible service that respects and values young people as individuals
- A professional, non-judgemental and confidential way in a safe and comfortable environment
- Work in partnership with young people and where appropriate their families, employers, organisations and individuals
- Provide information and guidance to encourage young people to make informed healthy decisions