Resources for young carers

Young female carer having food with mum and dad

The resources below have been created by the Young Carers in Focus programme (YCIF). Although the programme came to an end in 2016, these resources continue to be available online as a legacy of the programme. 

Legacy resources

Makeways - safe social network

Makewaves is the safe social network for schools and youth organisations. The YCiF network provided a safe, moderated way for young people to communicate, share their stories and campaign for the things that matter most to them. New uploads to Makewaves will be restricted from Summer 2017.

YouTube Channel

You'll find a selection of the videos created through the programme on the YCiF YouTube channel.

Film about the programme highlights

A legacy film celebrating the work of the YCiF recognises everything the programme has achieved, and of the hard work and commitment of all of the YCiF Champions. Watch the full film or a shorter (6 minute) verson of the film.

YCiF: The evaluation

Practical Participation evaluated the impact of YCiF with the support of champions. Young carers from Eastern Ravens Trust created this fantastic film to share the key insights and messages from the evaluation.

Giving young carers a voice - about YCiF

Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) ran as a four-year programme from 2012-2016, giving young carers a chance to communicate. Funded by a Youth in Focus grant from the Big Lottery Fund, YCiF created a national network led by 200 young carer 'champions' aged 10-25, to share their stories and advocate for the things that matter most to them.

Young people who took part received training and skills to help improve their resilience, confidence, skills and knowledge. The aim was to increase their well-being and future employment, training and education - particularly during transitional stages and as they move towards independence. YCiF worked with champions to raise public awareness and promote positive attitudes towards young carers, family illness and disability and to influence systems to deliver support through standardised identification, whole family assessment and services to reduce the number of families relying on inappropriate levels of care.

We worked as a partner on this programme, providing specialist knowledge and expertise around parental substance misuse. Young Carers in Focus was a partnership between us, DigitalME, YMCA Fairthorne Group, Rethink Mental Illness and The Fatherhood Institute.

Further resources - A digital support toolkit for young carers from Australia.