Young Carers

Young Carers at Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS 

 

What is the Young Carers Project?

Young Carers at BPRCVS is an excellent, much needed project that provides a number of services directly to young carers in recognition of the hard work they do every day. Our dedicated Young Carers team help the young carers of East Lancashire manage with the emotional strain of caring for vulnerable adults. We also provide young carers with regular breaks from their caring responsibilities and specialise in delivering long-term support to young carers aged 8-18.

BPRCVS has been running this project since 2000 and work alongside a number of partners and agencies throughout Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale. Partners include local schools, local social services teams, Lancashire’s Young People’s Service, Carers UK, Inspire (drug and alcohol services) and mental health teams plus many, many more.

The Young Carers project is funded by sponsors and supporters. BBC Children In Need and The Henry Smith Charity are the principal funders. Farnell Land Rover in Nelson and Moving People in Accrington are two local businesses that have provided invaluable support.

We would love to hear from locally based businesses that would like to support the Young Carers. This can be in the form of direct funds, providing access to facilities, contributions to activities, or services from which young carers benefit. Young Carers relies on generous support and few better causes make an actual difference to the lives of young carers.

BPRCVS’s Young Carers service operates robust policies and procedures. All data is stored confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. All staff, volunteers and trustees are DBS checked and we have child protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults policies that are strictly adhered to. All trips, events and activities are risk assessed.

 

What Young Carers Does?

Young Carers at BPRCVS delivers a wide range of support, services and activities to the young carers in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

  • Young Carers delivers one-to-one sessions with trained Young Carers Development Workers designed to determine the level of support required
  • We understand the impact on young carers and their families. Our committed, friendly volunteers offer a family support service
  • Young carers can need support at any time of the day. That’s why we provide phone, text and email support
  • Free day trips, parties, events and activities are arranged during the school holidays: skiing, the cinema, Chester Zoo, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and theatre trips to mention just a few
  • Residential breaks include all accommodation, meals and activities. Breaks are local and last 1 or 2 nights to provide young carers with a much needed mini holiday
  • Young Carers host a range of workshops designed to help young carers learn new skills, try something different and gain certificates for their record of achievement
  • Time Out sessions take place weekly in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale during term time. Different activities are arranged and include crafts, baking and cooking, sports, movie nights and games nights
  • ‘Older Nights’ are for young carers aged 14-18 and involve going to restaurants, the cinema and outdoor adventure activities such as paintball

 

How can I help Young Carers?

Whether you’re a business professional, a medical professional, a social worker or a teacher you can help.

Business owners, teachers and medical professionals can display Young Carers literature and materials in your premises.

Young Carer Awareness Training is designed to identify young carers in need of support. The course is free and can be delivered at your workplace or at BPRCVS. Successfully completing the course grants you ‘Young Carer Aware’ status. 

Become a Young Carer Champion and help spread the word about Young Carers in the community. Help us provide the support to those that need it. It’s easy to become a Young Carer Champion and can be completed in 4 easy steps:

  • Undertake the Young Carer Awareness training
  • Display our literature and materials in your workplace
  • Actively seek to identify young carers and refer them for support
  • Tell us you want to be a Champion and we will keep you updated with what’s happening locally and how we can support them

Young Carers must register to join the service. Registration is an easy process. Young carers can be referred to our service by family, friends or medical professionals by completing a simple referral form. Young Carers can contact our service for information about joining however they will need to ask their parent’s permission before we can take any details.

Download a Young Carers referral form today and help a young carer get the support they need.

Volunteering for Young Carers is a highly rewarding experience and we can be flexible with regards to what you are looking to gain from volunteering your time. Some offer a few hours a week, some commit themselves for several months. Enquire now, there are always opportunities available. Make a difference to a young carer’s life today.

Donate to the Young Carers projectFundraise for BPRCVS Young Carers

Donations are always welcome and we have a fundraising pack that can be downloaded to raise money on behalf of Young Carers. Your hard work and charitable generosity is invaluable to us and especially the young carers.

 

Young Carers Fundraising & Sponsorship Resources

Set up a direct debit with JustGiving

Download Young Carers fundraising ideas for that 'light bulb' moment.

Download a Young Carers sponsorship form.

Download a Young Carers money return form.

Promote your fundraising/sponsorship event with posters. Use our poster template to make life easier.

How to help Young Carers

Contact Young Carers

To speak to one of the Young Carers team please call 01282 433740 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of the Young Carers team will deal with your enquiry.

For more information on the Young Carers service visit their website.