Carers Bucks supports unpaid carers aged 5 - 95+ in Buckinghamshire who are looking after someone who is ill, frail or disabled. We do this by providing advice, information, guidance and emotional support. There are over 52,000 adult carers in Buckinghamshire and we are the only local charity dedicated to supporting their wellbeing.
Carers are much more likely than the population generally to experience depression and anxiety and often find themselves socially isolated as they dedicate their lives to looking after someone who could not manage without their support.
Young carers typically do less well at school than their peers because of the pressures of looking after a parent or sibling with physical or mental health problems or substance misuse issues. They are also less likely to be in education, training or employment when they leave school. Through young carers clubs and activities, small group work and one to one sessions, we help young carers get some of their childhood back and help them reach their potential so that their caring role does not adversely affect their life as they grow into adulthood.
We have dedicated adult carers, young carers and young adult carers (16-25) services. Our Adult Carers service is delivered by our team of carers support workers who provide advice, information, guidance and emotional support. This can range from advice on how to set up power of attorney and claiming carers allowance through to peer support groups and training on topics such as healthy relationships and understanding stress, depression and anxiety. The support workers work with local GP Practices to support their patients who are carers and also have carers support services based in local hospitals; Stoke Mandeville, Amersham, Wycombe and Wexham.
Our Young Carers team support young carers with age appropriate clubs where young carers get together with other young people who understand their experiences. We undertake focused small group work for instance to help those young carers affected by it to understand mental health issues or overcome bullying. We do one to one work with the more vulnerable young carers to help them manage the issues which are affecting their lives. We also have a schools outreach programme to support schools to identify their pupils who are young carers and provide them with support.
We also have a dedicated Young Adult Carers service which focuses of overcoming social isolation and supporting access to education, training and employment.