MYTIME young carers
MYTIME Young Carers aims to provide support for young carers wherever there is a need. Their programmes aim to create vital opportunities for young carers to meet one another, build support networks and form friendships that can last a lifetime.
Programmes MYTIME offers:
- Making Memories Programmes: Through this programme we provide fun and enriching activity days, weekend retreats and online youth group sessions for young carers. These events allow young carers to take much-needed breaks from their caring responsibilities, to form a sense of identity beyond their identity as carer and, most importantly of all, to meet other young carers and build for themselves a support network. The young carers we work with tell us that their caring roles often cause them to feel lonely, but the truth is that young carers belong to an enormous community – they just don’t always realise it.
- Level Up Programme: School can be challenging for any child, but particularly for young carers. Because of their duties at home, young carers may find it difficult to complete homework, get to school on time or attend regularly. If they’re worried about a relative, they may struggle to concentrate in class and may need to contact home at frequent intervals throughout the day. It’s important that school staff are aware of a young carer’s circumstances so that they can support them to overcome these obstacles. Our Level Up Programme exists to raise awareness of young carers within their school communities, to help schools identify and more effectively support young carers and, ultimately, to ensure that young carers have everything they need to be happy and successful in their education and beyond.
- Employability Programme: Some young carers may find it difficult to find their way into further education or employment if their caring responsibilities take up much of their time, or if they’ve left school without many qualifications. At MYTIME, we work with young adult carers such as these to help them access further education, training or employment.