Use this section to view our previous work and events with young carers 

Project worker and female young carer

Giving young carers a voice    

Young Carers in Focus (YCiF), delivered alongside Stars National InitiativeDigitalMEYMCA Fairthorne Group, Rethink Mental Illness and The Fatherhood Institute, was an exciting four-year programme running from July 2012 through to July 2016.  It gave young carers a chance to communicate, share their stories and advocate for the things that matter most to them. 

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. Young people taking part are received training and skills which will 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 also worked with champions to raise public awareness and promote positive attitudes towards young carers, family illness and disability and to influence local and national systems to deliver support through standardised identification, whole family assessment and services to reduce the number of families relying on children to provide inappropriate levels of care.

Our work with Carers Trust

Alongside the Carers Trust, we delivered a one year Department for Education funded project to support the effective implementation of the duties required under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 with regard to young carers and their families. This work took place between April 2015 and March 2016.