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Young Carers

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A young carer is under 18 years of age and helps to look after a family member, neighbour or friend who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, or has a substance misuse problem.

You may be helping them with any of the following:

  • Cooking, housework and shopping
  • Physical care, such as lifting, helping with the stairs or with physiotherapy
  • Washing, dressing and helping with toileting needs
  • Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions
  • Giving medicines
  • Emotional support
  • Interpreting, due to a hearing or speech impairment

Need some time out, or someone to talk to?

Would you like some “time out” for fun things to do, some quiet time to do your homework or just someone to chat with? 

Young Carers

If you are a  young carer or wish to refer someone who is a young carer, please contact Brenda Lewis: brendalewis@southend.gov.uk

Young Carers Clubs

COOL (Caring Over Our Lives) is for young carers aged 8-12. This club offers support, activities, trips and so much more. You’ll find someone to speak to about anything that may be concerning you, as well as having fun and helping you to enjoy a break from your caring role.

CHIL (Carers Have Individual Lives) is for young carers aged 13-19.  Like the COOL Club, you can enjoy activities and trips and have someone to speak to about anything that may be concerning you.

SYC&more is a club for our youngest children who have cared for a sibling or parent.  For those aged between 5 - 8, this group meets on a Wednesday after school - contact Brenda Lewis for times and information (as these change during holiday times).

You may feel like you are the only person in the world who cares for a parent or a family member, but there are many young carers in Southend who, like you, just need a break.

Visit the Young Carers Projects page for more information.

Crisis Contact Numbers:

  • If you are caring for an adult, please contact 01702 215008
  • If you are caring for a child, please contact 01702 215007

Do you need help?

If you are doing any of these things without getting paid, then you are a carer:

  • If you support someone who is frail, has a long-term illness, mental health issues or a disability
  • If you look after someone after a stay in hospital
  • If you are a looking after a disabled child.

If you are under 18 years old, then you are a Young Carer

How can we help?

We can carry out a Carers Assessment to see what kind of support we can give you. To get a Carers Assessment:

  • If you care for an adult, call 01702 215 008.
  • If you care for a child, call 01702 215 007.

E-mail council@southend.gov.uk:

  • If you care for an adult, write ‘Adult Social Services’ in the message.
  • If you care for a child, write ‘Children’s Social Services’ in the message.

For further information about Carers Assessments, please download our Carers Assessments Fact Sheet.