MYTIME Young Carers aims to provide support for young carers wherever there is a need.
We understand that caring responsibilities can have far-reaching impact on a child’s life, and we know that no two young carers’ needs are the same. That’s why we offer a range of programmes, each designed to address a different area of need and to provide a different kind of support.
Take a quick look at the programmes we offer here, and click on the links for more information.
The young carers we work with tell us that their caring roles can often cause them to feel lonely. Friends who do not have the same responsibilities may be unable to understand or relate to the challenges of a caring role, and this can create feelings of isolation for young carers. Those who have never met another young carer, or do not realise they have, may perceive themselves to be entirely alone in their experiences.
The truth is that young carers belong to an enormous community - they just don’t always realise it. In actual fact, according to research carried out by Nottingham University and the BBC, there are around 700,000 young carers living in the UK today. Our Memory-Making and R&R Retreat programmes aim to create vital opportunities for these young carers to meet one another, build support networks and form friendships that can last a lifetime.
School can be challenging for any child, but particularly for young carers. Because of their duties at home, young carers may find it difficult to complete homework, get to school on time or attend regularly. If they’re worried about a relative, they may struggle to concentrate in class and may need to contact home at frequent intervals throughout the day.
It’s important that school staff are aware of a young carer’s circumstances so that they can support them to overcome these obstacles. Our School Support Programme exists to raise awareness of young carers within their school communities, to help schools identify and more effectively support young carers and, ultimately, to ensure that young carers have everything they need to be happy and successful in their education.
Finally, our Employability Programme is designed to support young carers of ages 18-25 who are currently neither working nor studying. Some young carers may find it difficult to find their way into further education or employment if their caring responsibilities take up much of their time, or if they’ve left school without many qualifications. At MYTIME, we work with young adult carers such as these to help them identify and access a job or further education course which both interests them and fits around their caring role.
Our programmes are designed with young carers in mind, and are constantly evolving in line with participant feedback.
If you’re a young carer in need of support which we do not currently offer, then we’d love to hear from you.
We’re always looking for opportunities to grow and improve our provision, so get in touch and tell us how we can help.