Young Carers

What is a Young Carer?

Young carers are children and young persons under 18 who provide, or intend to provide, care, assistance or support to another family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, or has a substance misuse problem. They carry out, often on a regular basis, significant or substantial caring tasks, taking on a level of responsibility that is inappropriate to their age or development.

Centre 33 Young Carers Project
"I came because my mum is disabled so it gets me away and gives me some time to myself to do stuff I like."

Centre 33 provides a range of free and confidential services for 8-18 year old Young Carers who live in Cambridgeshire.

Through our various project can help you by:

·  Providing someone to talk to.

·  Inviting you to a regular group (community or school-based, dependent on your age) which offers a break, fun activities, and new friends.

· Providing targeted 1-2-1 and small-group support.

·   Providing support in school.

·  Working with you to make sure your voice is heard.

·  Raising awareness of Young Carer's issues.

·  Sending you regular copies of our Juicy News Letter.

"Centre 33 is the only way she's going to get to know, meet, and share with other carers. Apart from her going to Groovy Gang, which is definitely set up for the siblings as something for them, and acknowledging that their lives can be affected, that they need an outlet, apart from that I can't think of any other way that this is being catered for" Mum of Young Carer"


'My Plan'

Our young carers have worked with a developer to create a tool which helps young carers to look at the different areas of their life (e.g. school, friends, aspirations, health) and create their own plan of support. The young carer then decides who they want to share it with, including school, health professionals and other agencies.

We complete the 'My Plan' with all young carers in Year 6 and Year 9 as well as other young carers who it would be useful for.

If you would like to see the My Plan document that the young people created, please click here or e-mail youngcarers@centre33.org.uk.

'My Free Time' - Trips and Activities
My free time

 My Free Time is our programme of activities and trips, giving you the  chance to have a break from your situation at home, make new friends  and have some fun. Examples of trips we have done in the past year  are:

 · Art Project with Cambridge University museums
 · Trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park 
 · Roller Skating trip
 · Indoor Surfing
 · Trip to the seaside
 · Activity day at Grafham Water



'My Time' and 'My School' - Young Carers Groups

"I really enjoy going to group, it’s really important and the stuff we do is excellent"

As part of our 'My Time' and 'My Schools' projects, we run a variety of community and school-based groups during term-time across Cambridgeshire.

These groups give young people the chance to take part in fun activities with other young carers and to have a break away from their caring responsibilities. We offer 1-2-1 time to all of our young people at group, which allows them to talk to a member of staff about any worries or concerns they might have:

Cambridge City

My Time (Younger) Groups

Group When is it on? Where is it? Who should I contact for more information?
Cambridge  Alternate Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm Milton  Contact the Centre 33 Young Carers Team on 0333 4141 809 or youngcarers@centre33.org.uk


My School Project (Secondary Schools)
We currently offer young carers support in the following secondary schools in Cambridge City where young people can access a wide range of support from a dedicated young carers project worker who is in school on a fortnightly basis:

School When is it on Who to contact for more information
Chesterton Community College Tuesday afternoons in Week B:
Drop-in: 1-2pm
After-school group: 3:05-4pm
In-school: Lynsey Rooker
Centre 33: Charlotte Currie - charlotte@centre33.org.uk
Coleridge Fortnightly on a Thursday:
Drop-in: 1-3pm
After-school group: 3-4pm

In-school: Clare Driver
Centre 33: Helen Eves - helen@centre33.org.uk

Impington Wednesday afternoons in Week A:
Drop-in: 1:30-3:30pm
After-school group: 3:30-4:30pm
In-school:Susan Olivera
Centre 33: Helen Eves - helen@centre33.org.uk
Netherhall Fortnightly on a Monday:
Drop-in: 1-3:15pm
After-school group: 3:15-4:15pm
In-school: Rachel Davenport
Centre 33: Helen Eves - helen@centre33.org.uk
North Cambridge Academy Fortnightly on a Tuesday:
Drop-in: 12:25-1:55pm
After-school group: 3-4pm
In-school: Jan Collings
Centre 33: Helen Eves - helen@centre33.org.uk
Parkside Contact us for the latest information Helen Eves - helen@centre33.org.uk
St Bede's Fortnightly on a Thursday:
Drop:in - 10:30-10:50am
Lunchtime Group: 12:50-1:30pm

In-school: Jenny Mashford

Charlotte Currie - charlotte@centre33.org.uk

 If you work in a school which isn't listed above, and you are interested in joining our My Schools project, then please contact us on youngcarers@centre33.org.uk.

My Future Project (16+)
As part of our support to our older young carers, we support them to meet together on a monthly basis so that they can socialise, relax and access support from Centre 33 Staff.

When Where Who to contact for more information
Usually the first Monday of every month CB2 Bistro Cafe, Norfolk Street, Cambridge Contact the Young Carers Team on 0333 4141 809 or youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

 

East Cambridgeshire

My Time (Younger) Groups

Group When is it on? Where is it? Who should I contact for more information?
ETC Alternate Tuesdays from 5-7pm  Ely Contact the Centre 33 Young Carers Team on 0333 4141 809 or youngcarers@centre33.org.uk


My School Project (Secondary Schools)

We currently offer young carers support in 4 secondary schools in East Cambridgeshire where young people can access a wide range of support from a dedicated young carers project worker who is in school on a fortnightly basis

School When is it on Who to contact for more information
Bottisham Village College

Mondays in Week A
Drop-in: 11-11:20am
Lunchtime Group: 1:25-2pm

In-school: Lisa Damant
Centre 33: Charlotte Currie - charlotte@centre33.org.uk
Ely College

Wednesdays in Week B:
Drop-in: 10:50-11:10am
Lunchtime Group: 1:15-2pm
After-school Drop-in for Years 10-13: 3-4pm (By Request)

In-school: Lynn Riches
Centre 33: Charlotte Currie - charlotte@centre33.org.uk
Soham Village College  Wednesday afternoons in Week A:
Drop-in: 1:15-2pm
After-school group: 3-4pm

In-school: Alison Daniels
Centre 33: Charlotte Currie - charlotte@centre33.org.uk

Witchford Village College Tuesday afternoons in Week A:
Drop-in: 12:25-1:05pm
After-school group: 2:45-4:15pm
In-school: Beth Ouzman
Centre 33: Charlotte Currie - charlotte@centre33.org.uk

If you work in a school which isn't listed above, and you are interested in joining our My Schools project, then please contact us on youngcarers@centre33.org.uk. 

My Future Project (16+)
As part of our support to our older young carers, we support them to meet together on a monthly basis so that they can socialise, relax and access support from Centre 33 Staff.

When Where Who to contact for more information
Usually the first Monday of every month CB2 Bistro Cafe, Norfolk Street, Cambridge Contact the Young Carers Team on 0333 4141 809 or youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

 

Fenland

My Time Groups

Where is it? When is it on? Who should I contact for more information?
March Alternate Tuesdays in term-time from 5-6:30pm Contact Debbie King on 0333 4141 809 or debbie@centre33.org.uk
Whittlesey Alternate Mondays in term-time from 4:30-6pm

In School: Miss Ingham

Centre 33: Debbie King on 0333 4141 809 or debbie@centre33.org.uk

Chatteris Bridge Street Cafe, once a month, Tuesday 5-6.30pm Contact Debbie King on 0333 4141 809 or debbie@centre33.org.uk
Wisbech Alternate Thursdays in term-time from 5-6:30pm Contact Debbie King on 0333 4141 809 or debbie@centre33.org.uk


My School Project (Secondary Schools)

We currently offer young carers support in the following schools in Fenland where young carers can access a wide range of support from a dedicated young carers project worker who is in school on a fortnightly basis.

School When is it on Who to contact for more information
Cromwell Community College Alternate Tuesdays:
1-2-1 Support: 1-3pm
After-school drop-in: 3:30-5pm
In-school: Jo Roberts
Centre 33: Debbie King - debbie@centre33.org.uk or 07498 312 764
Neale Wade Community College Alternate Mondays:
1-2-1 Support: 12:30-3pm, also after school group on this day 3.30-5.30

In-school:L Butler & C Smethurst.

Centre 33: Debbie King on debbie@centre33.org.uk or 07498 312 764

Sir Harry Smith Community College Alternate Mondays:
1-2-1 Support: 1-3pm
After-school drop-in: 3-4pm
 In-School: Anna Greville
Centre 33: Debbie King on debbie@centre33.org.uk or 07498 312 764
Thomas Clarkson  Alternate Tuesdays:
1-2-1 Support: 12-1:30pm
After-school drop-in: 2:40-3:40pm
Debbie King on debbie@centre33.org.uk or 07498 312 764

 If you work in a school which isn't listed above, and you are interested in joining our My Schools project, then please contact us on youngcarers@centre33.org.uk. 

Huntingdonshire

My Time Groups

When is it on? Where is it? Who should I contact for more information?
Alternate Wednesdays in term-time from 4-5:30pm St Neots Contact Mandy Brine on mandy@centre33.org.uk or 07498 312768

My School Project (Secondary Schools)

We are currently in the process of setting up support in the following schools in Huntingdsonshire where young carers can access a wide range of support from a dedicated young carers project worker who is in school on a fortnightly basis.

School When is it on Who to contact for more information
Abbey College, Ramsey

Alternate Tuesdays
1-2-1 Support: Lunchtime
After-school Group: 3:10-4pm

In-school: Marian Bramley
Centre 33: Mandy Brine - mandy@centre33.org.uk
Longsands Academy

Contact us for the latest information

Contact Mandy Brine on mandy@centre33.org.uk or 07498 312768
Sawtry VA Contact us for the latest information Contact Mandy Brine on mandy@centre33.org.uk or 07498 312768

If you work in a school which isn't listed above, and you are interested in joining our My Schools project, then please contact us on youngcarers@centre33.org.uk. 

South Cambridgeshire

My Time Groups

Group When is it on? Where is it? Who should I contact for more information?
Camkidz (Aged 8-12) Alternate Tuesdays from 6-8pm Cambourne Contact the Centre 33 Young Carers Team on 0333 4141 809 or youngcarers@centre33.org.uk
Sawston and Linton Alternate Mondays from 4:30-6pm Sawston Contact the Centre 33 Young Carers Team on 0333 4141 809 or youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

My School Project (Secondary Schools)

We are currently in the process of setting up support in 3 schools in South Cambridgeshire where young people can access a wide range of support from a dedicated young carers project worker who is in school on a fortnightly basis.

School When is it on Who to contact for more information
Bassingbourn Village College Last Monday of the month:
After-school group: 3:20-4:20pm        

In-school: Vicki Piggott
Centre 33: Sophie Hughes - sophie@centre33.org.uk

Cambourne Village College Thursday Week B:
After-school group: 3-4pm
In-school: Emma Waldock
Centre 33: Sophie Hughes - sophie@centre33.org.uk
Comberton Village College First and Third Monday of the month:
After-school group: 3-4pm
In-school: Grace Healy
Centre 33: Sophie Hughes - sophie@centre33.org.uk
Melbourn Village College Second Monday of the month:
After-school group: 3-4pm
In-school: Caroline Deadman
Centre 33: Sophie Hughes - sophie@centre33.org.uk

If you work in a school which isn't listed above, and you are interested in joining our My Schools project, then please contact us on youngcarers@centre33.org.uk. 


My Future Project (16+)
As part of our support to our older young carers, we support them to meet together on a monthly basis so that they can socialise, relax and access support from Centre 33 Staff.

When Where Who to contact for more information
Usually the first Monday of every month CB2 Bistro Cafe, Norfolk Street, Cambridge Contact the Young Carers Team on 0333 4141 809 or youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

 

'My Time' 1-2-1 and Small Group Support

Through our My Time project, we provide 121 and small group support to young carers, giving them the opportunity to talk through their worries or concerns about their caring responsibilities. This has included areas such as:
- Moving up from primary to secondary school
- Post-16 options
- Understanding what Bi-Polar is
- Living with someone with an alcohol or drug dependency
- Trying to reduce the amount of inappropriate care being provided.

Contact Details:

Service Manager: Kate Rees

0333 4141 809

youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

To make a referral

To make a referral to the Young Carers Project please download our referral form here

Referrals must be made with the consent of the young person and parent/guardian before being returned to youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

If you know a young carer who would benefit from a statutory Young Carers Assessment then please e-mail youngcarers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk for more information.

Training

Our young carers participation team have developed training programmes and resources to help raise awareness and identification of young carers amongst professionals.

"Life's pretty tough when you're a carer"

If you would like to us to deliver Young Carers Awareness raising training to your team please contact us at: youngcarers@centre33.org.uk or call us on 0333 4141 809.

"Looking after mum is what I do. I'm ok with it"

Volunteering

We rely heavily on volunteers at our groups. If you are interested in future volunteering opportunities please call or look at our role description.

To find out how to support local Young Carers please call Kate on 0333 4141 809 for further information.

"Thank you so much Centre 33. For all the support you have given me and my brother, I don't think I could have done it without the help and support from all the staff here”