Building connections and reducing young carer’s loneliness and isolation

Building connections

The Children’s Society have been funded for 15 months by the Co-Op foundation to engage with multi-agency organisations working in the community focusing on Greater Manchester, Blackburn, Bradford, Birmingham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Torbay, Portsmouth, and Southampton.

Through targeted identification of the most hidden and isolated young carers we will reduce their loneliness/vulnerabilities, including mental health/wellbeing; stress/anxiety; self-harm; and risk of online grooming/exploitation.

What does the Building Connections project involve?

The first stage of this project has brought Young adult carers from across England to co-design a year-long programme of work. The young people have worked with us to look at key issues that young carers face around loneliness and isolation, how we can reach those who are hidden, professionals we should engage with and how an online space could reach and identify hidden young carers.

What will happen next?

In the year following the co-design phase, we are working with organisations across England to help raise awareness and better identify hidden young carers to reduce isolation through a number of events, activities, and resources:

  • Deliver training to young carers across England in the 11 areas outlined above around topics such as Mental health, leadership and confidence building.
  •  Provide training for multi-agency professionals including those who work with hidden groups across the 11 areas.
  •  Engage local authorities in meetings and professional training events to further outline their duties to identify and support young carers in the Children’s and Families Act 2014 and Care Act 2014.

How can I find out more?

If you are interested in finding out more about this work, or would like to be involved, please contact: Luella.goold@childrenssociety.org.uk