Surrey Young Carers supports 3500+ young people who look after someone who has an illness, disability, or mental health or drug issues. They give free, impartial information and support to young carers and their families on minimising the impact of their caring role. In 2019 they successfully trialled an interactive workshop, Your Life, Your Choices, organised in partnership with specialist agencies, for 100 vulnerable young carers aged 8-18 from across Surrey. The follow-up event was postponed in 2020 and again in 2021 due to COVID.
In March of this year, the event finally went ahead. The focus was on learning to stay safe and make good choices, despite being under pressure. These pressures are: how to deal with county lines, gangs, and internet safety. The aim is to enable them to be in a position to seek help.
The young people heard from the amazing Dean, ex-paratrooper and policeman, about how to resist pressures from other people and get out of difficult situations. They talked about their lives and what’s important to them, including creating ‘story cubes’ about themselves.
The young people also took part in creative sessions, recording podcasts around the theme ‘Keeping yourself safe’. These are now available online.
Surrey Young Carers
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