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The nexus project

Nexus is a three-year project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust. The project aims to improve support,  resources and access to services for young carers within  armed forces families. 

Young carers

Supporting young carers

What is a young carer within an armed forces family? 

A young carer is a person under 18 who provides care for another person. A young carer might look after someone because they have a disability, a long-term illness or mental health condition, or an addiction. 

Young people who care and have a parent who is or was a member of the armed forces are a young carer within an armed forces family.

If you think you might be a young carer check out our advice and suppport.

Nexus pilot project

Nexus will be running a pilot project in Oxfordshire from March – August 2024, if you are based in this area and work with young carers or armed forces families, we would love to hear from you.  

We hope to work with professionals to build up a picture of existing services, improve networks, share best practise, and identify solutions to the issues raised by the young voice group.  

Following the pilot we plan to branch out and begin working in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, and with the wider armed forces community online.   

Read more about the project and how you can be involved here.

Codename Carers

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Supporting young carers

Young carers are children who look after a friend or family member. Their extra responsibilities often mean they miss out on school and hanging out with friends. It can sideline their whole childhood. That's why it's so important to help them to find balance, give them space to enjoy being young, and support them into adulthood, so they can pursue their dreams outside of caring.

Nexus youth voice

We would like to invite young carers aged 8 to 18 in an armed forces family to be a part of our nexus youth voice group. Those who take part will be able to meet other young carers, share their opinions on the issues that affect them, and take part in fun activities and trips away.  

The youth voice group will meet in person and online with other young people from across the country and it will be a space that the group can make their own.  

We hope those that take part will have lots of amazing experiences, learn new skills, make friends, access improved support services, and collect awards.

If you are a young person and want to find out more information click here.

Also, parents and professionals can find more information here and complete the referral form.

Training

We are offering free young carers awareness training both online and face to face for any professionals working with children, young people, or families within the armed forces community.

Training will cover: The definition of a young carer. The impact of caring responsibilities. How to identify young carers and factors leading to a young carer becoming “hidden”. The unique needs of young carers within armed forces families. The law and legislation surrounding young carers. How you can support and refer young carers.

Find out more about our first round of training for professionals in Oxfordshire.

Youth Voice

Get involved

Everyone can get involved in nexus and support young carers within armed forces families by… 

If you think you or someone you know might be a young carer within an armed forces family and want to be more involved please get in touch. 

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The research  

Over the last ten years there has been different pieces of research and reports about young carers within armed forces families, the research has found that it is difficult to find children and young people who care in the armed forces community, that support varies across the country, and parent deployments, frequent house moves, and living in secure military housing can make everything that little bit harder.  

If you want to read more click the links below:  

Funders and Partners

The nexus project is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trusts transformational grants programme.  

The Childrens Society is very proud to be working with partner organisations including the Army Welfare Service.

If your organisation would like to become a partner in the nexus project please get in touch: include.programme@childrenssociety.org.uk