young carers

At YMCA Taunton, we understand the vital role young carers play in their families. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing a supportive and nurturing environment for young carers aged 7 to 18 through our Young Carers groups.

Who Are Young Carers?

Young carers are individuals aged 7 to 18 years who take on significant caring responsibilities for a family member who has a physical or mental illness, disability, or substance misuse issue. These responsibilities can often impact their social lives, education, and overall well-being.

What we offer

Our Young Carers Groups offer a range of activities tailored to both junior (7–12 years) and senior (13–18 years) age groups. Here’s what you can expect:

Respite and Relaxation: Young carers deserve a break from their caring responsibilities. Our sessions provide a safe space where they can unwind, socialise, and take time for themselves.

Fun and Friendship: We believe in the power of connection. Through our program, young carers have the opportunity to meet others who understand their experiences, fostering friendships and support networks.

Skill Building: Our activities are designed to be engaging and educational. From trying out new hobbies to learning practical skills, there’s something for everyone to explore.

Supportive Environment: Our trained staff and volunteers are here to lend a listening ear and offer guidance. We create a supportive atmosphere where young carers feel heard, valued, and understood.

Transportation Assistance: We understand that some parents may not be able to provide transportation to our sessions. That’s why we offer organised transport to ensure all young carers can access our program.

How to get involved with Young Carers Group

If you’re a young carer looking for a supportive community and a chance to have fun, YMCA Taunton’s Young Carers program is here for you.

To get involved you need to get referred by a Youth Worker from your local council.

Together, we’re building a brighter future for young carers in our community.

Other Youth Groups

We also offer Youth Clubs for children aged 7-16.