The Young Carers Service supports children and young people aged 5-25 in Luton who have a practical caring role for a parent or sibling; they could be helping to care for someone with a disability, chronic or serious illness, mental health condition or learning difficulty. Young carers take on a lot of responsibility at home and this can often lead to them feeling isolated and alone; we help our young carers to feel seen, heard and valued.
The Young Carers Service offers a mixture of group and individual support, for them to know they are not alone and to encourage these young people to grow in confidence and resiliency. The individual needs of the young carers are met through this support, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives as well as gain an understanding of illnesses or disabilities that impact on their families.
The Young Carers team visits schools across Luton each month to offer both group and 1:1 support, giving the young carers access to mentoring with a dedicated person to talk to. During the school groups young carers are given a safe and confidential space to discuss any worries or concerns they have in their lives. The groups support each other in finding strategies to manage the difficulties they may be facing and also to have fun away from their caring responsibilities.
We run drop-in sessions, both in person and online, to give young carers the opportunity to mix with other young carers in a fun and relaxed environment. During the drop-ins we offer a confidential space for young people to talk to a team member if they have anything they wish to discuss. We offer a vast selection of activities during these sessions and the young people enjoy spending time with their peers chilling out and having fun.
Trips and Activities
It is important for young carers to have opportunities to experience day trips out as well as to take part in a variety of fun activities and to learn new skills. We invite our young carers to attend trips including to theme parks and theatres and yearly offer the opportunity for a couple of days away from home on group residential trip. We offer a range of regular activities including arts and crafts sessions, physical activities sessions, music-making groups, cooking workshops and even learning to solve a Rubik’s Cube! Young carers are invited to join us to visit various local workplaces including the fire station, hospitality services and to local cultural organisations to learn more about the local community.