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This is a service for young people who act as carers aged 8 to 18 who have substantial caring responsibilities at home and would benefit from six sessions of one to one counselling.
Young Carers’ are looking after someone by providing substantial and regular care that persists over time and is important in maintaining the health, safety or day-to-day well-being of the person cared for and the wider family. The types of tasks being carried out are often regular, significant or substantial which would usually be associated with an adult. The term does not apply for everyday and occasional help around the home that may often be expected of or given by children in families.
This could be helping to care for a physically disabled parent or sibling, or a parent experiencing mental ill health, alcohol or drug misuse. The caring role would usually be having a detrimental impact on the young person's development, such as difficulties at school, emotional difficulties or social isolation.
Young carers may be looking after someone in their family because they are ill, disabled, or have problems with drugs or alcohol or their mental health. Young carers might be doing the shopping for them, or the cooking, or housework. or help them wash or dress. Or maybe spending time cheering them up.
The service is based across Somerset in partnership with Somerset County Council. To sign up, please contact Somerset Direct on 0845 345 9133 and ask to speak to the Young Carers' Team.