YSS is launching a new project to support young carers with their emotional and mental resilience, thanks to £5,000 funding from Worcestershire Community Foundation (WCF).

The Worcestershire Community Foundation Mental Health Fund will enable YSS to reduce young carers’ social isolation and develop skills and networks that help them improve and maintain good mental health. Interventions will include: facilitating local groups and one to one mentoring to help young carers manage their stress and stay well; connecting young carers to local community groups and activities; recruiting volunteers who will play a key role in supporting the young carers and overseeing delivery of the services.  

There are hundreds of Young Carers in Worcestershire, aged between 7 and 25 who support parents and siblings with long term conditions, mental ill health and disabilities. Their needs are often hidden and over a third report having a mental health problem, yet only half report receiving additional support from a member of staff at school. Worcestershire Young Carers raises awareness in schools and works with young carers and their families to protect the young person’s interests and their rights to education and social connections to give them an equal chance of success.

Catherine Kevis, YSS Chief Executive, said: “This funding from Worcestershire Community Foundation is fantastic news. We know from experience that the many challenges young carers face in their caring role can put a tremendous strain on their emotional and mental wellbeing. This fund will ensure that we’re in a position to give them the support they need to relieve some of that stress, by connecting them with positive groups and activities and offering one to one mentoring and counselling.”

Lucy Wells, Development Director, WCF, said: “We are really excited to be partnering with YSS, who have such a wealth of experience in supporting young carers. We will be looking forward to receiving positive feedback on the impact the funding has had on the young people involved in this project over time.’