As a young carer it's important that you know what your rights are and what help is available to you. Our toolbox is here to help you access vital support.
If you’d like to add a service or some information you’ve found helpful to our toolbox please get in touch.
If you lose someone close to you it’s important to talk to someone and find support to help you with your feelings.
Mosaic offer support to bereaved children in Dorset, you can find out more about their services here
Contact: 01258837071 or get in touch with Childhood Bereavement Network
Help in the home and Respite Care
Sometimes we can’t do it all and that’s ok. My Life, My Care offers information and advice about care, support, respite and at home care services available in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.
If you’re not based in Dorset don’t worry, you can check out the NHS social care and support guide here they’ve got lots of great tips on community care and how to look after someone whilst taking care of yourself too.
You can also use their carers service search to find your nearest respite service,
As a young carer you have rights, its important to familiarise yourself with what these are to help you make decisions about your role as a young carer and your future. You can find out what your rights are here
The Carers Trust handbook is also a brilliant resource to help you understand your rights as a young carer, you can find it here
The person you care for may be entitled to use community transport to help them get to appointments. My Life My Care and Dorset Health Care offer information on eligibility and community transport service providers.
Find out more here:
Holidays and breaks
At MYTIME we have an amazing Rest & Recovery Retreat Centre for young carers located on the Jurassic Coast. Here young carers can enjoy outdoor activities including cycling, hiking and rock-climbing.
We also offer memory making days out for young carers based in Dorset. Whether you come for a stay at the centre or out for the day you will get the opportunity for a break from your caring responsibilities and the chance to meet other young carers.
Get in touch with your school, support worker or local young carer service to find out more.
If you’re looking for family holiday with the person you care for Carers Trust have some really helpful information here
Caring for someone whilst working: education, employment and training
If you’re a young carer and you feel comfortable doing so, try to talk to a member of staff at your school about your role. They’ll be able to help support you and make a referral so you can access services like MYTIME. At MYTIME, we take an educational approach to supporting young carers so we’ll be able to share tips with them on how to best help you, using our School Support Programme.
We also offer an Employability Programme for young carers aged 16-25 to help them find meaningful and supportive employment or pathways to education. We will help you to navigate caring for someone whilst working or in education. Get in touch with our Employability Programme Director Emma Fry to find out more:
Finding your nearest young carers service
Young carers are incredible and that’s why the UK has many amazing young carer charities offering support, respite and guidance for young carers.
Find your nearest young carer service here
Stroke support services
If someone you care for has suffered a stroke you find access to local service here
If you’re living in the Dorset area the Different Strokes group meet on the third Wednesday of every month and offer support for stroke survivors and their families. You can find out more about them here
Protecting yourself and the person you care for during COVID-19
We understand that this is a worrying situation and we at MYTime Young Carers want to reassure you we are thinking of you at this difficult and confusing time. You as a young carer play such a crucial role in supporting your family and the rest of society - you are amazing, and it is more important than ever that you look after yourself as well.
There's so much information being circulated online at the moment we wanted to make sure you have a safe place to go to find out what’s really happening. Here’s the latest update from UK Government.