Project information

Young Carers in Harrow

To reach 250 new young carers (who are often overlooked by school and social services) in Harrow over 2 years to help them cope with their caring roles, support their education and improve their life chances so that they have similar opportunities to their peers who don’t have caring roles.

April 2019 - March 2021

Charity information: Harrow Carers

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  • Need

    Need

    There are many inequalities in the lives of young carers. By providing care for someone, it can impact on their education, physical and mental health health, social lives and future prospects for work and career development. Over time, the impact of the caring role limits their opportunities and life chances. This is clear in the lower academic results achieved by young carers and the isolation and loss of childhood they experience.

    Solution

    By reaching more, new young carers in Harrow, we will help them tackle the potential impact that caring can have on their lives. We will inform young carers of their rights and offer them a range of support services to help them get the best possible life chances while they are growing up. We will work with schools, families, health and social care services and other community organisations to identify and reach out to 250 new young carers over the next 2 years.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reach at least 250 more young carers by March 2021


    Activities

    » Run a campaign to publicise and raise awareness of young carers in Harrow
    » Work with schools, families and other services to reach more young carers
    » Hold drop-ins and open days for young carers and their families to find out about the project
    » Create an identifiable brand to help recognise young carers in Harrow

    What success will look like

    Publication of a report at the end of the project using data collected on our database recording system “Charitylog”.


    Aim 2

    Improve the educational performance and achievements of young carers.


    Activities

    » Run drop-ins in primary and secondary schools.
    » Run extra educational sessions for young carers with qualified teachers around key academic subjects such as English and Maths.
    » Run fun learning activities for young carers.
    » Arrange challenge events for young carers to develop their resilience and learning in a challenging and engaging context.

    What success will look like

    We will work with schools to monitor and evaluate the educational achievements of young carers.


    Aim 3

    Improve the mental and physical well-being of young carers.


    Activities

    » Help young carers to access support in schools and from care service to reduce the impact of their caring roles.
    » Work with families to reduce the amount and impact of caring on young carers’ well-being.
    » Arrange fun social activities to give young carers a break and relief from caring and provide an opportunity to socialise with others.
    » Arrange physical activities for young carers to improve their physical health.

    What success will look like

    We will use before and after feedback forms for our wellbeing sessions, involve schools and parents / guardians in ongoing assessment


    Aim 4

    Inform young carers of their rights and help them to access opportunities.


    Activities

    » Run an induction programme to let young carers know their rights under current legislation.
    » Inform them of the services available to them via public or private institutions.
    » Provide access to whole family support to reduce the burden of caring on the young carers.
    » Create opportunities for additional education and coaching to reduce disadvantage.

    What success will look like

    We will check learning through regular testing and compare the learning with actual opportunities accessed.


    Aim 5

    Improve the long-term life chances of young carers.


    Activities

    » Equip young carers with practical and technical skills useful in future life.
    » Run career development sessions for young carers.
    » Support young carers to access university and work opportunities.
    » Support young carers to develop hobbies and personal interests.

    What success will look like

    Demonstrated through comparisons with initial expectations and actual results achieved by assessing those young carers educational results.


  • Impact

    Impact

    By improving the educational achievement and ambitions of young carers, the project will improve life chances and opportunities. This will be demonstrated through case studies featuring a sample of young carers.
    Aspirations for future achievement e.g. going to university, getting a well-paid job, will be monitored on an ongoing basis and adapted as their expectations change during the project. Progress against these will be published in an end of project report.

    Risk

    Safeguarding: Appropriate training and management of safeguarding activity

    Reaching Target Groups: Regular management and supervision of project staff

    Providing the right opportunities: Ongoing monitoring and feedback from participants

    Lack of engagement from schools / other organisations: Regular management and communication with stakeholders

    Our management structure inc. young carers service manager supervised by our centre manager with the CEO having oversight of the overall project.

    Reporting

    We will report in regular bulletins, online and in social media. We will invite donors to some of our activities where appropriate. At the end of the project we will publish a report with details of the project / case studies of how the work has made a difference to the lives of young carers.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 Residential trips Holding 2 residential trips to outdoor challenges over 2 years.
      £1,200 Tutoring Providing qualified teachers to run 6 additional educational sessions in key subjects for young care
      £1,800 Publicity and promotional mate Brand development, leaflets, posters, promotional items, end of project report booklet.
      £2,000 Learning activities Run 10 fun learning activities over 2 years e.g. first aid training, driving experience training.
  • Background

    Location

    We have a carers’ centre building in north Harrow where our staff are based and where we arrange some of our activities. Many activities will be in the community at schools and at other locations such as HOAC activity centre and Thorpe Park.

    Beneficiaries

    250 young carers in Harrow will benefit from the project. These young carers are disadvantaged and experience inequalities compared with peers who do not have caring roles. They will be aged between 5 and 17 and will be engaged through promotional work and through relationships with schools, statutory services and other community groups.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Harrow Carers has been established in Harrow since 1996 and has extensive community links with schools and other community organisations. We have experienced staff and management structures including London Youth Silver Award and ISO9001 and Carers Trust quality marks.
    Harrow Carers will supplement the budget for this project with other sources of income to maximise the impact and reach of the project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Amanda Ashton

    Young carers’ service manager – 3 years experience working with our young carers and their families.

    Nish Thakershi

    Young carers schools outreach worker – 7 years’ experience with Harrow Carers running school based drop-ins for young carers.

    Colin Powell

    Centre Manager – line management of the young carers’ team.

    Mike Coker

    CEO - overall oversight of porject and fundraising.