A new group has been set up for young adult carers who are aged 18-25 and currently caring for a friend or a family member. It is open to young adult carers living in Bristol and South Glos, including those who attend college or university locally.
The group is led by young adult carers themselves with support from The Carers’ Support Centre.
Annie, from the group, said: ”We are here to provide support, advice (ie where to get help with things like benefits) and the best part is we do lots of fun activities. So far we have been bowling and to the cinema and we have a pub lunch on the horizon. We also plan to do some extreme sports (bungee jumping, skydiving etc) and are looking to go to London and on holiday together.”
We’re welcoming new members so if you would like to be part of the group, please contact Ruth Garner on 0117 937 5620
or have a look on the group’s profile page called ‘EighteenPlus Young-Adult Carers-Group’ on Facebook.
In July, young carers Terry and Bex, raised an amazing £240 for the group by doing a hair-raising bungee jump.
The group has also been successful in securing funds from Starbucks, and a fund will soon be available for individual young adult carers, for help with courses or training.
Needs of 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.