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Young Carers

The Young Carers group is for any young person who is aged 11 – 19 (and attending secondary school) who participates in any kind of caring role for a family member. This might be a sibling, parent, carer, or grandparent who needs help because of their age, disability, long term condition, mental illness, or substance misuse issues.
The support you provide in your caring role could include: helping around the house, personal care, support with lifting, support with health issues, or looking after younger siblings due to parent illness/disability etc.
This groups gives Young Carers an opportunity to have a break from caring, make friends, and access support if they need it.

Monday Zoom Group (Juniors) Ages 6-11 years

Every Monday at 4:30 – 5:15 pm (term time only). Quizzes & Games e.g. Scavenger Hunt, Spin the Wheel and more. (the session is 45 minutes plus an additional 15 minutes at the end - available for one to one time to chat with a young carer worker to share worries) Download and return a nomination form to emmanewton@wakefield.gov.uk to join.

Wednesday Zoom Group (Juniors) Ages 6-11 years

Every Monday at 4:30 – 5:15 pm (term time only). Quizzes & Games e.g. Scavenger Hunt, Spin the Wheel, activities & more. (the session is 45 minutes plus an additional 15 minutes at the end - available for one to one time to chat with a young carer worker to share worries) Download and return a nomination form to emmanewton@wakefield.gov.uk to join.

PLEASE NOTE – Referral Eligibility
5 year olds – if deemed mature enough to cope with a virtual group format.
Up to 12 year olds – if it is felt they would cope better in the younger group than the older one.
Please contact Emma Newton to discuss on a case by case basis.

Wednesday Zoom Group Ages 11-16 years

Every Wednesday at 5:00-6:00 pm (term time only). Quizzes & Games, Chat & Socialise. Download and return a nomination form to emmanewton@wakefield.gov.uk to join. Delivered by the Youth Work Team.

PLEASE NOTE – Referral Eligibility
Can accept 17-19 year olds. However, we would encourage a referral to Carers Wakefield who deliver support to Young Adults Carers from  17-25 years old.

Fit Body Fit Mind – online Boxing and mindfulness training for young carers

EACH SESSION INVOLVES

CHECK IN: our groups are a community where we get to know each other and feel part of a regular sports club
EXERCISE: we practice a warm up and boxfit exercise routine
BOXING: we learn key boxing moves and improve our skills each week
MINDFULNESS: we do meditations each week which are calming and can help in day to day life

SUITABLE FOR ALL ABILITIES ➞ NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Primary Aged → THURSDAYS → 4:00pm-4:30pm
Secondary Aged → THURSDAYS → 5:30pm-6:15pm

Support workers, parents or guardians can register young carers with us using the link below.

REGISTER HERE: www.mindfulpeakperformance.com/register-young-carer

All information is stored securely in line with GDPR requirements.

We email a password-protected Zoom link for the weekly group. Young people
are then able to drop in to the group as often as they want. Parents and guardians are free to participate too!

Contact the Children First Hubs

For more information on what a ‘Young Carer’ is and what support is available for Young Carers in Wakefield contact the Young Carers
Early Help Lead Practitioner – Emma Newton
Mobile: 07500 911 387
youngcarers@wakefield.gov.uk