Project information

Young Carers' Project

Halton Carers' Centre commenced a Young Carers' in October 2010. The project identifies and supports young carers between the ages of 4 -18, particularly in the areas of health, education, socialising, finances and work, enabling them to make a smooth transition into adulthood


Charity information: HALTON CARERS CENTRE

  • Need


    Young carers often struggle to in education as they tend to put the person they care for first. Many young carers perform poorly at school and do not continue education after 16. They often exclude themselves from social activities and struggle to find work and manage their finances


    The project is already proving successful with 720 young carers identified in Halton via local schools and colleges. One to one support, activities and tailored awareness courses improve young carers confidence,targets the five areas of; health, education, socialising, finances and work and empowers them to be the best they can be in life, all whilst continuing in their caring role.

  • Aims

    Aim 1



    » access to tailored support, advice and links with health providers

    What success will look like

    Success will be...improvement in health of young carers

    Aim 2



    » access to information from external organisations, training courses and joint work with schools

    What success will look like

    Success will be...more young carers doing better at school and accessing further eduaction

    Aim 3



    » Access to trips, events, social support groups

    What success will look like

    Success will be...more young carers taking part in social activities and making friends

    Aim 4



    » links with organisations such as Halton People into Jobs, Jobcentre Plus and schools to improve young carers chances of accessing work

    What success will look like

    Success will be...more young carers being prepared for completing CVs, job interviews and getting appropriate work

    Aim 5



    » help with budgeting and making informed decisions about how to spend money wisely.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...more young carers can better manage their finances and a reduction in debt

  • Impact


    We aim to see an improvement in the lives of young carers across all the five areas detailed earlier. These areas will be monitored and evaluated regularly.


    Too much demand ie More young carers to be identified and if not careful there may be too much demand for services than our 3 Young Carers Support Workers can support.
    All staff are aware that to provide an efficient service all Young Carers require regular reviews, we have had to identify ways to complete regular reviews via open evenings, school reviews, social media contacts etc.
    We are continually seeking further ways of funding our Young Carers staff.


    Via annual monitoring report. Regular collation of stats on a quartlerly basis

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Year 1 recruitment,publicity events,staionery,activities
      £30,000 Year 2 events, activities,oublicity

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Steve Morgan Foundation £77,364 Guaranteed
    Halton Borough Council £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background




    All young carers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity who supports both young and adult carers in Halton

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joanne Illidge Young Carers Worker

    Young Carers Support Worker

    Garry Fowler

    Young Carers Support worker

    Liz Forster

    Young Carers Support Worker