Project information

Young Carers in Wales

Young carers are often reluctant to ask for help for fear of stigma, letting their family down or worried that they themselves may be placed in care. Barnardo’s wants to continue to dispel these feelings of anxiety, by identifying and offering support to these dedicated children and young people.

Over the Christmas period and beyond

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  • Need


    Every Christmas morning at least 11,000 young carers will wake up in Wales. Unlike other children and young people their age this special day can bring extra challenges and chores. Tasks can include anything from cooking the turkey to wrapping their own presents, as well as completing their usual day to day jobs to support the family member they care for. 1 in 5 young carers describe Christmas to be a ‘sadder’ or ‘tougher’ time than the rest of the year.


    Barnardo's has and will continue making Christmas as enjoyable as possible for young carers as well as providing regular respite throughout the year. Ceri cares for her brother Tom, who is Autistic. “Barnardo’s gives me a break from the struggles at home and the opportunity to make friends with people that understand what my life is like. There are lovely project workers who support me and organise fun trips – last year at Christmas we watched the panto and visited the magical Winter Wonderland

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure that young carers receive the same rights as those they care for


    » Carry out assessments of young carers support needs
    » Advocate on behalf of the young carers we are working with giving them a voice on their own care and support needs
    » Work with other providers to ensure that young carers can access other services that will promote their well-being

    Success will be measured by care leavers acknowledging that they are aware of their entitlements as carers and that they feel their rights are being recognised

    Aim 2

    Ensure that young carers can experience the same opportunities as their peers


    » Provide regular respite for young carers away from their caring responsibilities
    » Organise fun and fulfilling activities for young carers, particularly at special times of the year such as Christmas

    By conducting evaluations that measure young carers well-being, which show little to know difference to their peers who don't share the same caring responsibilities

  • Impact


    Barnardo's Cymru young carer services will illuminate the importance of supporting young carers and hopefully help these important services prevail, despite ongoing funding cuts. Barnardo's will demonstrate the need for such services by recording service users' experiences before they access the service and recording the improvements made to their lives.


    Economic uncertainty could affect this project. Due to less investment from the government there has been a 30% reduction to activity budgets. To avoid any issues around funding the costs, Barnardo's is continually seeking new avenues to increase their funds and do not rely on any single source of funding.


    Donors to this project will receive regular communications (once a month), including case studies, details of recent activities etc. Bi-annually donors will receive a more comprehensive update. If there are any changes to the original proposed plan, donors will be informed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £106,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Filling funding gaps Merthyr Young Carers
      £18,000 Filling funding gaps Caerphilly Young Carers
      £18,000 Filling funding gaps Newport Young Carers
      £40,000 Filling funding gaps Flintshire Young Carers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Social Services £275,027 Guaranteed
    Health Authority £9,000 Guaranteed
    Families First Funding £262,871 Guaranteed
    Underspend from the previous year (Barnardo's) £13,292 Guaranteed
    Miscellaneous £18,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project is based in 4 locations across Wales: Newport; Caerphilly; Flintshire; and Merthyr. 23% of all individuals living in Wales live in poverty and the average annual income for families with a young carer is £5,000 less than families who do not have a young carer. An increase of 19% in the number of unpaid carers aged 5 to 17 was observed in Wales between 2001 and 2011.


    Young carers aren't going to stop caring. Barnardo's believes in giving young carers a break to learn and have fun, letting them balance their caring responsibilities with just being a child and growing up. Young carers will be the primary beneficiaries. However, the recipients of care will also benefit as young carers will receive information and help on how best to support their family members. Furthermore, our project signposts young carers to other organisations that can offer support.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Barnardo's has been supporting young carers for over 10 years and operates over 20 services across the UK. Barnardo's is a multi-dimensional organisation and runs numerous different services, some of which may also be of benefit to young carers, meaning Barnardo's is equipped to deliver wraparound support. Barnardo's also knows how to maximize their donations - with 91p of every £1 going directly to helping children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bonnie White

    Bonnie is a Relationship Manager (Philanthropy team) who will help secure gifts and work with other teams at Barnardo's to maximize this opportunity

    Zoe Dudley

    Zoe will work closely with all the services within the project and will be responsible for producing communications to those that have donated

"I've lived with nan since my mum died when I was 18 months old. Nan is turning 81 soon and I help her with errands and shopping. Barnardo's is amazing, I've made loads of new friends and been on the most exciting trips. I also like to attend the youth forum and now I'm on the Cabinet!"

Young Carer accessing the Barnardo's Young Carer Service based in Merthyr Tydfil