Project information

Giving Young Carers A Voice

Looking after someone else can be tough, especially when you are a child. Nearly 250,000 young people care for someone they love - their mum, Dad, sibling or grandparents. Our Big Idea is to give 15 young carers a chance to talk through how this impacts on them with up to 12 sessions of counselling

January 2015 - April 2015

Charity information: Bath And North East Somerset Carers Centre

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  • Need


    Caring for someone else, when you are only a child yourself, can have a big impact on your life now and in the future. School, friends and fun can be hard to maintain when you are juggling caring with being a kid.
    "I miss a lot of school time because I am tired as I may have been up helping my mum with her tablets during the night" A young carer.
    Many young carers bottle up their feelings and are too afraid to say how caring makes them feel because the worry they'll upset the person they love.


    We'll provide 15 young carers (aged 11-17) with up to 12 sessions of counselling. Young carers will have free access to professional counselors trained to give young people the time and space to discuss their feelings in a confidence. Each young carer will also have access to a wide range of services from the Young Carers' Service, including space to meet other young carers and breaks away from their caring role.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To identify 15 young carers (aged 11-17) who will benefit from counselling.


    » We will promote this opportunity to the 450 young carers registered with our Young Carers' Service and to schools and other professionals.

    What success will look like

    The number of young carers identified and in receipt of counselling. Each young carer will complete an outcome assessment before and after counselling.

  • Impact


    15 young carers will have had an opportunity to explore their feelings around their caring role and be given skills and tactics to deal with the challenges they face. They will be better able to keep up at school, maintain friendships and be children. Securing a good education will mean that they will be better able fulfill their full potential and contribution to society.


    Not identifying enough young carers to take part.


    We will provide an end of project report including the outputs achieved and anonymised outcomes for each young carers who has benefited.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,500 Sessions Providing 12 sessions to 15 young people
      £500 Coordination Coordination of the session bookings

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Children in Need £13,322 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will serve young carers living in the Bath and North East Somerset local authority area.


    Directly 15 young people aged 11-16. In addition, each young carer's family will benefit as will each of the local communities these children live in.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are experienced at working with young carers and know the challenges they face. We already provide a counselling service for adults and young carers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Roy Maguire

    Senior Young Carer's Officer responsible for the identification of the young carers who will receive counselling.

    Michael Tichelar

    Counselling Coordinator responsible for delivering the counselling sessions.