Caring For Young Carers

A position with Halton Carers Centre to provide vital support to young carers is being funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The role of Young Carers Support Worker, being funded for three years, provides a range of support to those both in school and at home, with 567 of the 4,567 carers currently registered in the Halton area being under the age of 18.

The Halton Carers Centre, which underwent a significant refurbishment in 2015, is open for six days a week offering a variety of support, advice and training services.

“For children, some as young as five, caring responsibilities typically mean they miss out on their childhood and do not get the same opportunities as their peers,”said Jane Harris, Regional Grants Director with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“As a result of the daily challenges they face, such as providing personal care, administering medication, cooking, supervising or looking after younger siblings, many may suffer low self-esteem, a poor diet and physical problems including bad backs from lifting.

“Poor mental health and the potential to self-harm are other problems carers experience, based on suffering a degree of isolation, loss of confidence and depression.

“This is where Halton Carers Centre can come in, providing a range of support including to 64 schools across the borough.

“This intervention may involve one-to-one sessions with the young carer, visiting the family, drawing up a support plan and providing help to alleviate the stress of caring duties.

“Another important service they provide is to offer social and respite activities, as well as mentoring and training to help with specific situations.”

With the number of young carers continually on the increase, Halton Carers Centre was becoming more and more stretched, and so it was that this funding has helped to bring in a third Support Worker, Liz Forster.

The Centre has bases in both Runcorn and Widnes, and, while Liz has now been in position for several months, it was decided to officially mark the Steve Morgan Foundation’s support at a special event taking place this week.

A Pirate Survival Skills Day was staged at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens for the young carers, with fancy dress encouraged!

“I really enjoyed visiting such a lively event and to officially mark our support for a charity carrying out such important work for young carers from across the region,”added Jane.

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