About 16+ Young Carers
The transition into adulthood can be complicated for all young people - but will often be much more challenging for young adult carers.
A recent study has found there are approximately 230,000 young adult carers in the UK aged between 16 and 24. Sixty-one thousand of these are in transition between child and adult statutory services and benefits, and 229,000 are young adults elegible for adult services.
Nearly a quarter of both groups can spend up to 20 hours a week caring, and 7% and 12% respectively care for up to 50 hours per week.
It's clear that balancing the need for wanting more independence while continuing to carry out their caring role is going to be a very difficult transition for many young carers.
Telford and Wrekin Young Carers know from experience that young adult carers need specific support during this time to help them on the way to reaching their full potential and to have fulfilling adult lives.
We aim to help young adult carers by . . .
Encouraging independence and self-determination
Helping them take great control of their lives by equipping them with advocacy and leadership skils
Encouraging them to take an active part in education and recreation
Providing an age appropriate forum for respite, self-help and emotional support among other group members
Providing information about all the key services that can help in their caring role, available to them in the Telford area
Encouraging them to prioritise their own health and well-being