Young Carer Assessment
Under the Children and Families Act 2014, an actual or potential Young Carer has the right to an assessment of need.
WALYC are responsible for undertaking ALL the Young Carer Assessments in the Wigan Borough.
A Young Carer’s assessment takes a holistic approach and will consider strengths as well as need. An assessment may result in signposting or referral to other support services that we think could benefit the whole family.
Whole Family Support & Advice
Young carers and their families do not always know where to go for help. You may not have realised that your child is a young carer, as it’s just part of your family life, or you may have hit a crisis point and don’t know where to turn.
We have over 18 years experience of working with young carers from as young as five, right through the teenage years and up to the point where they become independent adults. We can provide ongoing support and advice and a listening ear.
After school groups
Our after school groups offer friendship and support. They help build confidence and self esteem amongst some of the most vulnerable children in our society. Socialising with others who have similar life experiences can help reduce the sense of isolation sometimes associated with caring responsibilities.
The groups are held in a safe and supportive environment in which young people can be listened to and encouraged to identify their own needs, hopes and dreams for the future.
Over the past year we’ve visited Challenge for Change, Blackpool Zoo and Smithills Open Farm,. We’ve regularly attend local events like rugby matches and under take activities such as bowling, cinema, roller skating, archery, and high ropes at Haigh Hall and many more.
The following is an outline of our groups:
5 – 11 Years
JUBILEE – ASHTON – TUESDAYS
GRASSHOPPERS – GOLBORNE – THURSDAYS
TURTLES – LEIGH – THURSDAYS
TRINITY STARS – WIGAN – WEDNESDAY
12 – 16 Years
PARKSIDE – ASHTON – THURSDAY
SUNSHINE – WIGAN – THURSDAY
TURTLETEENS – LEIGH – THURSDAY
THE ESTUARY – ATHERTON – THURSDAY
16 – 24 Years
TRANSITION – VARIOUS LOCALITIES – WEDNESDAY MONTHLY
We have a dedicated team of volunteers and we endeavour to ensure that ALL eligible young carers throughout the borough can attend a group*
*We assess each young carer and allocate a group depending on need and availability.
Counselling & befriending support
We have a Befriending Scheme for those young carers who benefit from 1:1 support.
Our Charity recognises that caring responsibilities can have a negative impact on the emotional well being of young people.
We have funding to to offer a confidential counselling in collaboration with Willow.
Our Charity has teamed up with Fur Clemt, Wigan who run Cook Club. Here young carers are taught how to cook healthy and affordable meals.
We often tell children to calm down, we rarely teach them how. We run regular ‘Chill Skills’ sessions which utilise approaches such as positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and yoga to help young carers learn how to deal with the often difficult emotions caring brings up.
One off activities & special events
Young carers registered with our scheme can join us on trips and special activities.
Another example of our one off events. We have been fortunate to obtain funding for several residential trips to including Hinning House / Low Bank Ground in Cumbria and Kingswood Colomendy, where our young carers enjoyed team building activities, water sports, orienteering and caving!
PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO COST AND RISK ASSESSMENTS. THE HOLIDAY LODGE IS CLOSED FOR THE 2020 SEASON.
We own a Holiday Lodge at Marton Mere, Blackpool (a Haven Site). We are able to provide short breaks at reduced cost which enables a young carer and their family to enjoy a holiday, sometimes for the very first time.
A holiday provides a young carer with a much needed break from the every day stresses, mundane tasks and routines of daily life.
Our lodge sleeps up to six people (1 Double, 2 x 2 singles). It is well equipped. The Charity provides free Funwork passes to the facilities on the site.
The holiday season usually runs from March to November each year.
Families can apply for a short break as long as there is a child or young person within that family who undertakes a caring role. School holiday periods are reserved for families with a Young Carer in them. For more information on school holiday weeks see this link.
To make sure we have full occupancy in the school term weeks, we also offer to Adult Carers and Parent Carers too.