EighteenPlus is a peer support group for Young Adult Carers aged 18-25, who are currently caring for a friend or a family member.
The care can include; emotional support, practical care, first aid, giving medication, personal care, looking after siblings, budgeting and fiances.
The group meets monthly and is open to young adult carers living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. At the monthly events the Young Adult Carers are provided with a break, somewhere they can make friendships and smile! They have organised pub lunches, bowling, and outings to theme parks, and more!
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 call Judy Porter on 0117 937 5621 or text on 07952 903 747.
Or have a look on the group’s profile page called ‘EighteenPlus Young-Adult Carers-Group’ on Facebook.
We know, through census information, there are 4,000 young adult carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire; and we suspect there are many more than this who are ‘hidden’ and not receiving any support.
We want to bring them out of isolation and signpost them to support services. Carers Support Centre provides services for carers of all ages.
Watch our video
With support from Fixers, the campaign that gives young people a voice, we have created a short film. It features 6 young adult carers who talk about the challenges that they face. Watch the film.
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.
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.