The Surrey Young Carers project is based in Woking at the Lakers Youth Centre. Young carers from all parts of the Borough, including some from deprived areas, are referred to the project which offers on-going support to young carers, advocating for them and their family in order to minimise the impact of caring on their lives.
The Young Carers project offers the young people the chance to take part in regular activities, gaining time away from their caring roles. By way of providing support, HSYA helped to fund a weekend away for a number of young carers who have the day to day challenge at home of caring for parents or siblings often with significant needs. The weekend at Grangewaters in Essex gave carers a break from their caring duties and the opportunity to improve their well-being. The young carers were also involved in fundraising for this weekend as well as choosing activities and planning menus.
The High Sheriff remarked that “I had the privilege of meeting these young people at the Lakers Youth Centre in Woking and the devoted staff from Surrey Family Services who masterminded the weekend in Essex. They also spoke positively about the activities they had undertaken and the opportunity of learning more about each other, their own abilities and the benefit of becoming more independent”.
Surrey Young Carers
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