Young Carers Service, YMCA Swansea – WINNER
YMCA Swansea Young Carers project is a bespoke provision that increases young carers resilience towards their caring role and improves their health and well-being.
Young carers participating in the project are under 18 and care for someone affected by; a long-term illness, physical disability, mental health illness or substance and alcohol use.
Young carers are unlikely to have opportunities that other young people may have. So the project gives young carers opportunities in a safe environment, where they are encouraged to be young people, have fun, make friends, relax and focus on themselves.
Young carers miss out on a lot of experiences and life opportunities due to their caring responsibilities and so the young carers project provides vital support and services that aim to reduce the barriers to young carers development.
The project offers intense family and one to one support, buddy sessions, group work and exciting trips and activities as well as offering an awareness raising program in schools around, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot.
The difference that is witnessed and is evident in young people from participating in this project is truly inspirational and the transformational changes in young people has an overall impact for the entire family.