Project information

Young Carers Respite Group

"Groovy Gang" - Fortnightly respite group for young carers aged 8-11 years in Cambridge providing regular respite, information and support, life skills opportunities and the chance to meet with other young carers to share experiences.

February 2014 - February 2015

Charity information: Centre Thirty Three Young People's Counselling And Information Service

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  • Need


    "Groovy Gang" is a respite group developed by and for young carers to tackle:
    - Social isolation
    - Lack of information and support around being a young carer
    - Risk of young carers falling out of the education system
    - Mental health illness and crisis


    Groovy Gang provides a safe, relaxed and welcoming space where young carers can:
    - Reduce their isolation through meeting with other young carers to share experiences, develop and maintain friendships
    - Access information and support from peers and staff
    - Reduce their risk of falling out of education through confidence building and skills development activities, access to one to one support
    - Reduce risk of mental health and crisis by providing one to one support on maintaining good health

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the isolation of young carers


    » Life Skills Workshops developed for and by young people in response to their specific needs, skills and aspirations e.g. healthy meal preparation
    » Respite sessions to promote physical, emotional and mental well-being using music, games, sports and art.
    » Information, support and guidance – Opportunity for young carers to share their achievements, challenges, access information and support

    What success will look like

    - Numbers engaged in the project
    - Young carer assessment prior to joining the project, at 6 months and at the end of the year
    - feedback from young carers, their families,

  • Impact


    - Improved health of young carers
    Rates of young carers experiencing crisis, accessing counselling
    - Reduction in young carers falling out of the education system
    Rates of young carers in crisis, at risk or fallen out of the education system


    Recruitment of young carers - Centre 33 has been working with young carers successfully for 14 years and has an excellent reputation amongst young people, professionals and the local community. Centre 33 Young Carers staff are experienced in all aspects of project management including recruitment and have great relationships with local youth organisations, schools and medical practices.
    Finance - Without funding the group will be unable to run, we will only run the group if funding permits.


    6 monthly update and an end of project report which will include photographs, case studies and direct feedback from young carers, their families and professionals. Donors will also be updated through the centre 33 newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,703

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,961 Activity sessions Holding 9 fortnighly groups for young carers (venue hire, activity materials and refreshments)
      £7,006 Staff costs Costs of sessional staff to facilitate session
      £2,176 Management support, Office Supervision, utilities, IT, printer, postage
      £7,560 Young Carer Travel Transport costs for vulnerable young carers to and from groups
  • Background


    The groups cover Cambridge City and wards and South and North Cambridgeshire villages•.
    Majority of our Young Carers also live in rural communities, which coupled with their caring responsibilities, means that they may face isolation and social exclusion.


    Young carers
    At the time of the 2001 Census 2001 over 1,250 Cambridgeshire children and young people provided care to a member of their family, though this is thought to be a significant under-estimate. This is the equivalent to nearly 1 child per 90 dependent children!

    54% of our Young Carers come from single parent families and our monitoring showed that all of the young people we have contact with have caring responsibilities of over 50 hours per week.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Centre 33 is the county's strategic lead in Young Care services. We have successfully worked with young carers for 14 years providing respite groups, one to one support, participation and respite activities. We have an excellent reputation amongst young people, their families and professionals in the field.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kate Rees

    Young Carers Service Manager

Learning to cook healthly meals on a budget

Learning to cook healthly meals on a budget