Short breaks are a form of support for carers as they provide opportunities for children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers. This may include day, evening, overnight or weekend activities and can take place at the child’s home, in their local community, at the home of an approved carer, or other residential setting.
Please visit our Short Breaks in Ealing page for more information.
Support for Young Carers
A young carer is somebody under the age of 18 who takes on the responsibility of supporting family members who cannot manage on their own. This may be due to illness, disability, mental health conditions, learning difficulties, addiction etc.
As a young carer you may have taken on practical household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, ironing or paying bills. You may also be helping with personal care such as bathing, dressing or collecting prescriptions as well as offering emotional support.
Giving this level of care can take up a lot of your time and energy which may affect your education. If you are missing lessons or homework because of your caring duties, it is important to tell the school about your situation. If they are aware, they may be able to restructure your homework requirements and even offer you additional support to catch up.
If you are missing social events and opportunities because of your caring responsibilities, this may make you feel isolated. It may be helpful to confide your feelings and worries to a friend you can trust. You should also try to access respite care. This is when someone else comes and looks after the adult you care for providing you with a short break to do something you enjoy. For more information visit the Carers Trust website.
Ealing Young Carers’ Project
Provides information and advice, fun activities in school holidays, regular after school clubs, lunch clubs, homework clubs and one-to-one support. The project is an opportunity for young carers to have a break from their caring role and meet other young carers who are in a similar situation. We aim to make each club a place where young carers can have fun and support each other in a safe environment.
The NHS also runs services for carers, click here and enter your postcode for a full list of what is available in your area.
The Citizens Advice Bureau and Carers Direct also offer advice and a range of support services. Carers Direct have a helpline, if you prefer to talk to someone
0300 123 1053.
If you are struggling with the pressures of being a young carer you can call Childline for advice and support on 0800 1111. You can also contact the health professionals and social workers who are involved with the individual you care for. They will be able to offer advice and refer you to relevant support services.
In Ealing there are a number of key services that offer information, support and guidance to families, with specific services for children and their families with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND).
For more information on these services that could assist your family please see our Family Support section