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* Bridgend Young Carers Short Breaks

Our Vision

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.

 

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* Derbyshire Services

Action for Children - Build Sound Minds Derby & Derbyshire

Location: Derby and Derbyshire

Action for Children works in partnership with Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health, to provide Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire, a comprehensive early intervention offer to children and young people aged 0-17 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

Build Sound Minds offers one-to-one support, group work, telephone support and a digital offer. 

Space4U is a service that works across the county of Derbyshire, supporting children and young people aged 5-18 who have been impacted by someone else’s alcohol or substance use. 

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* Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service- Greater Manchester & Lancashire

Our Vision

Action for Children’s Greater Manchester and Lancashire Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service is an Action for Children service that place children, young people and families first.

Our work includes: the delivery of emotional health & wellbeing programmes, parenting courses, pupil support within schools and communities to engage young people in a conversation to support and build their emotional resilience, offering practical skills to manage negative thoughts and feelings

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* Northampton Community Short Breaks PMLD

Mission Statement

Northants Short Breaks Service (SBS) is a county-wide service providing short breaks to children and young people and their families, supporting a range of ages and needs

We have an inclusive approach that takes into account age, disability, and wider needs. It fits with our ethos of believing in the importance of allowing children and young people to socialise and develop relationships with other children and young people, regardless of their age, need and ability.

The SBS staff are highly committed and dedicated. We provide a safe, fun and consistent environment for children and young people to be themselves. Children and young people have the opportunity to socialise with peers, build confidence, resilience, self-esteem, and independence. Our clubs are a place to relax and have fun while learning and trying both new and familiar activities that help them to develop and grow. Action for Children staff provide and respond to the emotional, behavioural, physical, and medical needs of each child and young person.

Who we support

Children and young people in Northamptonshire, aged 5 to 18, with a range of needs, such as Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s, and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

Parent, carers and families who have a child/children with a disability.

Disability Short Break Support Mentor

Disability Support Assistance

Disability Support Assistance

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Disability Support Assistance.

 

Can you:

  • Be patient and reliable
  • Have experience of or the desire to support children/young people with disabilities
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are able to work alongside a variety of different people
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Use your initiative but also ask for help when needed
  • Be willing to challenge discrimination.

What you can expect:

  • Interacting with service users, whilst listening to what they have to say, to make their voice heard
  • Supporting with reading and writing tasks when needed
  • Join in and helping with activities.
  • Contributing to children/young person’s social, emotional and educational development
  • Keeping records of activities including session and travelling times

 What we can offer:

  • Getting to know some great people!
  • Gaining experience in supporting children and young people with disabilities
  • Enjoying sense of personal satisfaction

 Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.

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Wendy Forbes

Our Vision

Dundee Youth Housing ServiceDundee

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 

Volunteering Opportunities

  • Mentor
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