Sheffield Young Carers (SYC) is a registered charity that provides information, advice and support for children and young people (aged 8-25 years) who care for, or who share the care of someone (usually in their family) who is ill, has a disability, has mental health problems or who is affected by alcohol or substance use.
The service aims to reduce the isolation that young carers often experience and give them increased access to a range of social, educational and employment opportunities.
- one to one support
- group activities for various age groups at various venues across the city
- respite and support with education, employment and training.
- advocacy, case working, signposting and referrals
In addition, SYC have a ‘Family Project‘ for adults being cared-for by a young carer in their family. The aim is to reduce the impact of caring on their child. It includes one-to-one support, advocacy, group training opportunities, and social/peer support sessions.
They also work with a number of other organisations, to make sure that additional support is available to young carers. Please note, in order to get support from Sheffield Young Carers you must make a referral. However, the waiting list is around 6 months to access their range of services.
If a young carer doesn’t want or can’t access their service they could still apply, as an individual or group, to their ‘Young Carers Activity Fund‘ for up to £300 to get a break from their caring role. Additionally in order to reach more young carers during the Covid-19 crisis, you can now apply for £20 e-vouchers for young carers in your schools/organisations.
Covid update Dec 2020: Sheffield Young Carers are currently offering online and some face-to-face support to young carers and young people affected by familial substance misuse and their families. They are taking referrals but have a waiting list of 6 months.