We provide vital support for young carers based in South Oxfordshire, the Vale of the White Horse, and Oxford City. We are currently supporting 550 young carers, but we know there is much more to be done. It is estimated that over 12,000 young carers in Oxfordshire alone are currently left isolated with very little support. It is our hope to change this. We believe that every young carer deserves the chance to have a fulfilling childhood and a bright future, unhindered by their caring responsibilities.
As a charity, one of our services is to provide trips to places these children would otherwise not have access to, whether that’s something big like a theme park or something small like a trip to the beach. These trips and activities are vital to provide young carers with respite from their caring role and offer a chance to make friends with other children in the same position. They allow the young carers the opportunity to be children for a few hours. Here is the feedback we have received from our young carers’ parents:
“Thanks to you and the team for all the visits this Easter, H and J had such a great time! They are already asking to go back to the ice skating and the escape room with the family if only we could find the time and energy to take them."
We also rely on volunteers to help facilitate these trips, as well as being the foundation of our befriending service. Our befrienders offer key guidance to our young carers with any struggles they are facing. Whether this is with school, caring, or general anxieties. They meet once a week for 1-2-1 support, as well as doing a fun activity chosen by the young carer.