Barnardo's Lancashire Young Carers Service
We support Young Carers under the age of 18 who are significantly affected by caring for someone with a physical disability, mental health problem or/and drug and alcohol problem. Our Young Carers have a named worker who is there to support them and provide information and advice.
What we do
We offer one to one work; being sensitive, listening, caring, respecting them and offering support around their caring role, we support them to visit services, support them to take control of their decisions and meet them where they feel comfortable to talk. The sessions we may cover include:
- Confidence, Self esteem and relationships
- Your role as a Carer
- Hobbies and Interests
- Decision making/Having a voice
- Education, Employment and Training
- Health Lifestyle, and Personal safety
We accept referrals from all organisations, services, schools, training providers, health, social care, police etc and also self or family referrals. Referral Forms can be obtained by contacting us on the number below to receive a paper document or via email. The Referral Form may also be photocopied to duplicate.
As we are a Lancashire wide service we have workers designated to specific areas.
The areas we cover are three distinct districts:
- North Lancashire (Fylde and Wyre; Lancaster and Morecambe);
- Central Lancashire (Skelmersdale and Ormskirk; South Ribble and Chorley; Preston);
- East Lancashire (Burnley, Rossendale and Pendle; Hyndburn and Ribble Valley).
We are funded by Lancashire County Council and Voluntary Funds through Barnardo's. This funding is initially for 3 and a half years from October 2011
What we Hope to Achieve
We are committed to working with 700 Young Carers across Lancashire each year. As we assess our Young Carers upon meeting them, we then put them into a tiering system:
- Level 1 for high level of need,
- Level 2 for medium level of need and
- Level 3 for low level of need.
This system allows us to decide how often we see a young person, in what context and what we cover. With regular reviews we can then see if our support is working and eventually end our support and signpost to any relevant agencies if the Young Carer is able to manage and cope with their situation suitably.
Tel: 01772 641002
1 Dorothy Avenue
To find out how you can support young carers please see the attached Charter drafted and designed by Lancashire's Young Carers' Forum.