EighteenPlus is a group for young adult carers aged 18-25, who are currently caring for a friend or a family member. The group meets monthly and is open to young adult carers living in Bristol and South Glos.
EighteenPlus is led by a Core Group of young adult carers, with help from Carers Support Centre.
Annie from the group said: “We are here to support each other and the best part is we do lots of fun activities. We go out for meals, bowling or ice skating but have also been on some really exciting trips like Alton Towers, a show at The Hippodrome, and a sponsored bungee jump!”
We’re welcoming new members so if you would like to be part of the group, please contact Ruth Garner, Family Support Worker, on 0117 937 5620.
or have a look on the group’s profile page called ‘EighteenPlus Young-Adult Carers-Group’ on Facebook.
The Core Group are very active in fundraising and have been successful in securing funds from Starbucks Youth Action to continue the events and also to give individual young adult carers small grants to help with courses or training.
Needs of young adult carers
EighteenPlus are involved in national strategic forums and also have a place at Bristol Carers Voice (BCV), where a Core Group representative can share issues to be taken up with Bristol Health and Social Care.
Carers Trust has launched a new online survey for young adult carers aged 14-25 to share their views and experiences of school, college, university and work. Their aim is to use the findings to develop better services and support for young adult carers.
The needs of young adult carers are highlighted in a report from NIACE Voices of young adult carers. It gives personal accounts by young adult carers about their caring role and the impact that caring has on their lives and particularly on their ability to take part in learning.