Project information

Young Carers Project

They Young Carers Project provides vulnerable children and young people, aged 8-17, living in the South and Vale of Oxfordshire who provide care at home, regular respite through free trips and activities, as well as independent, confidential, face to face emotional support.

July 2014 - July 2015

Charity information: The South and Vale Carers Centre

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  • Need


    Young carers are young people too and there are times when they need extra help and support. They may find it difficult to juggle their caring responsibilities at home with the pressures of school life, they may find it hard to relax, have fun and socialise with their peers or to have a break. They may not be able to talk to friends about how they feel and they may feel isolated and alone with their problems. Many young carers also live in households that are 'hard pressed' financially.


    Our Young Carer Support Workers meet young carers face to face to discuss their caring role, and the young carers complete an objective assessment of the emotional and practical impact of caring for them through a MACA (Multi-dimensional Assessment of Caring Activities) and PANOC (Positive and Negative Outcomes of Caring) assessment. The young carer's score determines the amount of support we give, including respite trips, one to one emotional support, help applying for small grants or referral.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give young carers a sense of their childhood that may not be present in their day to day lives.


    » Provide 24 free trips and activities to young carers every year which they might not normally be able to have access to.
    » Provide age-appropriate trips and activities for young carers aged 8-12 or aged 13-17.
    » To offer opportunities for young carers to socialise and meet other children who are in a similar situation and understand what they are going through

    What success will look like

    Success will be... that young carers participate in our trips and activities and report through our feedback form that it has had a positive impact on how they feel emotionally.

    Aim 2

    To support young carers emotionally and to help build their confidence.


    » Face to face emotional support by appointment at home or at school or with a one to one meeting elsewhere, or support any time they need it by phone.
    » Trips and activities to gibe young carers a break.
    » Trips chosen by the young carers themselves and activities which allow young carers to meet new people and face new challenges.
    » Give young carers an opportunity to socialise and meet other children or young people in a similar situation.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...that a young carer's MACA and PANOC scores improve over time through participation in the respite trips we organise and/or through regular one to one contact.

    Aim 3

    To help young carers participate in leisure activities by helping them access small grants annually.


    » Make annual home visits to undertake MACA and PANOC assessments for all the young carers we support.
    » Supporting young carers by writing their grant application.
    » Ensuring the funding goes directly to the young carer and is used for its intended purpose.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...that young carers are able to access leisure activities and/or equipment that improves their emotional or physical well-being.

  • Impact


    The Young Carers Project is designed to improve the quality of life and the emotional and the physical well-being of all the young carers we support. Our success is demonstrated and reflected through a consistent improvement in individual young carers' MACA and PANOC scores over time, and is also measured in the amount of individual funding we help young carers access for leisure equipment and activities.


    In October 2011 we lost all our funding from Oxfordshire County Council. We are now working hard to develop and implement a new short and long term fundraising strategy. We have reserve funding which we currently use to maintain our service, but have also made changes to reduce staff hours and to streamline the way we work. This has been done to ensure we provide a consistently high level of service to young carers for a s long as possible.


    We compile detailed reports regarding how the funding we receive is being used, how this fits into our overall financial picture, and the outcomes we have achieved for aspects of our service which donors are funding.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,680

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      Amount Heading Description
      £23,220 Salaries 35 hours/week for two part-time Young Carer Support Workers
      £8,462 Travel, Training and Office For visits and communication with young carers as well as for the cost of office space and utilities
      £8,998 Management and Supervision Overall management of the service
      £10,000 Breaks and Activites Expenses for Trips and Activities for Young Carers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Carer's Trust/Comic Relief £2,500 Guaranteed
    The Mr and Mrs Pye Charitable Settlement £500 Guaranteed
    The Cumber Family Charitable Trust £500 Guaranteed
    The Alchemy Foundation £250 Guaranteed
    Oxfordshire County Council/Big Society Funding £1,000 Guaranteed
    Sinodun Rotary Club £100 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our Young Carers project covers South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse. This is a very rural part of southern Oxfordshire, with poor public transport, and many young carers living in isolated rural communities. The area is predominantly wealthy, but there are pockets of deprivation, especially in Didcot, Berinsfield and Abingdon and many of the young carers we support live in these areas and have families with very limited incomes.


    6-12% of young children and 6% of secondary age children living in our area identify themselves as carers, and it is these children aged between 8-17 years who providing this care, that benefit from our project. Young carers are the vulnerable children and young people in our community who provide unpaid care to a relative at home who may have a physical illness or disability, a mental health problem or be dependent on drugs or alcohol, or care for a brother or sister who is ill or disabled.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The South and Vale Young Carers Project has been supporting unpaid young carers since 1996. Each year, we support over 200 Young Carers in our area. Our Young Carer Support Workers have significant training and expertise specific to supporting vulnerable children and young people, and also have close working relationships with both statutory and voluntary agencies. Our many years of working closely with Social Service Teams means that we can ensure young carers access the support they need.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chrissy Pusey

    Chrissy is a new Young Carer Support team member to the team and is a vital member to the team in provide support to the young carers

    Carly Buckingham

    Carly is a Young Carer Support Worker who is also and Adult Outreach Worker and is know to many families we support, she is well liked and trusted.