Support for Young Carers in Renfrewshire
A Young Carer is an ordinary young person aged 8-18 years old who helps to look after someone with a mental health problem, physical illness, disability and/or drug/alcohol/gambling addiction.
A Young Carer may help by:
- Doing housework
- Collecting and assisting with medication
- Looking after younger brothers and sisters...collecting them from school, doing their homework with them etc
- Listening to worries
- Attending to the cared for person's needs
Also through all of this, they will also be taking care of themselves, growing up and facing everyday life.
Renfrewshire Young Carers are passionate about raising awareness of young carers aiming to offering support and help for people in a caring role. They offer the chance for young carers to get time out from their caring role, have fun and meet other young people who live in a similar situation through group support.
If you are a Young Carer or are passionate about supporting them, the following groups take place in Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Unit 55, Embroidery Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, Paisley PA1 1TJ. All groups run from 6pm until 8pm.
The following groups run on a six week on, six week off basis so if you are unsure get in touch and Renfrewshire Young Carers will let you know (contact details below)
Wednesday Group (youngest group) for 8-10 years
Monday A Group for 12-13 years
Tuesday A Group for 10-12 years
Monday B group for 14-15 years
Tuesday B Group for 12-14 years
Thursday Transition group for 16-18 years - this group is a drop-in that runs every fortnight
Thursday Young Adult Carers - every alternate week for 18-25 year olds
Additionally there is a Young Carer Forum that meets monthly on Thursdays from 4-6pm at Renfrewshire Carers Centre. This is open to 10-25 year olds. The forum looks at how best to support Young Carers in Renfrewshire and makes links with the local authority and other organisations to influence services available.
If you would like more information on Renfrewshire Young Carers, please call 0141 887 3643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org