Project name: CashBack for Brighter Futures for Young Carers
Age range: 10 – 25 years
Number of Young People Project expects to work with: 180
A holistic service for children and young people caring for a parent affected by alcohol/substance use. These young carers (YCs) report more negative health effects than other YCs, are generally less happy and report more stress and sleep difficulties. Their home environment and multiple ACEs can lead to negative coping strategies including alcohol/drug use, self-harm, attempted suicide, isolation, anger and anti-social behaviour. The majority live in the most deprived areas of Edinburgh, and face challenges associated with poverty including communication skills, low expectations of themselves and others, and lower attainment and aspirations.
Each young carer has an individualised development plan comprising some or all of:
- Mental Health Support including fortnightly respite groups, smaller groups/playdates, and one-one support/Counselling for YCs who have been identified as being especially vulnerable to poor mental health and/or risk-taking behaviour.
- Core Skills Development through activities supporting literacy, motor skills and environment awareness. The content is determined by the young people and may include equine therapy, outdoor skills, educational programmes, swimming and support with school transition.
- Respite activities, allowing YCs a break from caring responsibilities and an opportunity to share their experience with peers. This includes days out, camping trips and 2-5 night residential breaks during school holidays.
Areas where project will be delivered: