Young Carers Service
‘Did you know… on average, there are 3 young carers in every classroom’
YMCA Swansea provides tailored support to Young Carers aged 8-18 who may provide care for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health condition and/or dependency on substance use.
YMCA Swansea aims to identify and provide appropriate support to all Young Carers.
YMCA Swansea Family Project celebrates and supports families across Swansea. The Young Carers family project provides a space for Young Carers and their families to participate in different activities together (either online or face to face) trips, and workshops.
YMCA Swansea raises awareness of young carers on a local, national and global level. We are passionate about advocating on behalf of young carers with the aim that ‘hidden’ young carers are identified and supported. We do this through the following activities:
Young Carers are able to present their ID card in schools:
- If they are late to school
- If they are behind on school work
- If their homework is late
- If they need to take time out from class
- If they find it difficult to concentrate in class due to their demanding care role
- To reschedule after school detention
- To check their phone to make sure the person they care for is ok
Young Carers can present their ID card in the GP Practice:
- To accompany the person they care for in an appointment
- To ask any questions they may have about the person they care for
Young Carers can present their ID card in the Pharmacy:
- To collect medication
- For further information on the medication schedule for the person they care for.
How to access support
If you would like to refer a Young Carer into YMCA Swansea Young Carers Service, please request a referral form.
Young Carers can be referred into the service by schools, GPs and any other professionals, their parents/ guardians or self-refer
What does this service mean to you?
‘The YMCA is amazing because it has such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It has enabled me to become more confident and grow mentally as well as physically because of the support it provides’
‘Being with YMCA Swansea Young Carers Service opened a whole world full of opportunities and made me realise that I am never alone and I will always be supported’
‘The Young Carers club is an amazing place for other Young Carers to meet and learn about each other’s story’s, this gives us a chance to make new friends who understand what it is like when things get tough. I come to club to spend time away from my caring role and to have some time to focus on myself’
‘It has helped me in many ways in talking to people when something is wrong’