If you are a Young Carer who lives in Newham, you can access our Newham Young Carers Project - Young Carers FIRST

The Newham Young Carer project aims to support young people aged 5 to 18 who are in a caring role by offering them support and the opportunity to have a break from their caring role and meet others who are in a similar situation. Our workers are based in the community and work from the Youth Zones around the Borough.

Following referral to Carers FIRST an assessment is completed with the young person and their family so the Young Carer Team can see a true picture of the situation the Young Carer faces and can suggest some support. 

We provide support, information and advice, including supporting you to talk about your caring role to others, 1-1 Sessions, Trips Out, Youth Clubs, Fun Activities and Text Service.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, unfortunately our face to face services have been suspended but we continue to provide 1-1 sessions, What's App groups and Zoom activities.

A Young Carer is someone aged between 5 and 18 who cares for someone. The person they care for could be a parent, grandparent or a sibling.

What might a young carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed. 
  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine. 
  • Helping someone communicate.
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
  • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
  • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.

Click here for more information about support for Young Carers >>