On the 19th February 2018 Swansea Carers Centre’s Young Adult Carers Project launched a documentary about life as a Young Adult Carer.
Young Adult Carers (YAC) are young people aged 16-25 who provide unpaid care to a relative, family member, or friend who cannot cope without their help. Being in this position at this age brings some unique challenges. This documentary was created by the YACs in the Swansea Carers Centre project and follows the stories of three young people who explain how their caring role affects their lives and the difference made to them by the support they receive from the project. The film was created with the support of MAD (Music Art Digital) and funded by Swansea Youth Bank
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Swansea Carers Centre have a project specifically for carers of this age group to provide support in a way that is most accessible for their needs.
A YAC could be looking after someone who has a disability, long term health condition, mental health problem or addiction to drugs or alcohol. The care provided by a YAC can vary from personal care, administering medication, emotional support as well as household chores. However, the caring role will vary from one person to another and they do not have to be living in the same house as the person they care for.
Some of the services we provide are:-
We have a youth club twice a month which is the first Thursday and Third Friday of the month for Young Adult Carers, based in the Ethnic Youth Support Team on 11 St. Helens road 6-8.30pm.
The purpose of these sessions is to give young people a break from their caring role.
We provide activities in the session for them to get to know each other learn something new and also assist with their caring role.
The whole idea of the session is for them to feel relaxed in a space where they feel safe and welcome, so they are able to have a break from caring.
We provide individual with one to one support and help with a variety of issues associated with their caring role, such as education, finances, housing and emotional support. This could mean going for a chat and a coffee or assisting in an appointment or arranging other support for the Young Adult Carer.
We have a closed Facebook group where we inform all the YACs about what is going on. All staff who run the YAC project have works only facebook account which the YACs can add to gain quick information and support. The project also has a works phone where the young people can call and message to gain information and support.
We regularly provide activities throughout the year especially during the holidays where we take the carers on various indoor or outdoor activities all depending on what the YACs have asked for. In the past we have been on trips such gorge walking, paintballing, Winter wonderland as well as having a confidence and wellbeing workshop.
Transport can be provided if there is no other means of the young adult carers getting to the youth club and if needed bus fare can be refunded to the Young Adult Carer.
We are a transition project that supports the Young Carers (aged 8-18) who attend YMCA, Young Carers Service through from children’s services to Adult services. We ensure to support them in the process from leaving one service and moving into another as they develop into adulthood. However, any young person who is providing unpaid care for someone can join the project even if they have never received support from other services before. We take referrals from professionals and also encourage YACs to contact us directly to find out how we can help.
If you would like to get involved in the project or have a young person who would benefit from the project please contact Alex Atkins on call 01792 653344/ 07511714796 alternatively email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Swansea Youth Bank is a youth led, grant giving panel that provides grants to groups of young people to develop and run their own community projects across the City and County of Swansea.Swansea Youth Bank has been set up thanks to a partnership between Swansea Council for Voluntary Service and Swansea’s Youth Service.
MAD engage and support young people and the community through audio and video based projects which develop technical expertise and individual creative expression. Their projects cultivate young peoples and the wider communities’ confidence and skills, facilitating individual creative projects in music and/or video and also helping employment prospects in the creative economy. They also assist our local communities music talent, through plugging local musicians to the media and the wider record industry