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A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after a family member, or a friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Many young people may not realise that the help and support they give to others means that they would be considered young carers, because it just feels 'normal'. A young carer could be helping a parent, brother, sister, grandparent, or any other relative who has:
- A physical disability;
- A mental health condition;
- A learning disability;
- Problems with alcohol or drugs;
- A sensory impairment such as hearing or sight loss;
- A Life limiting or long term illness.
Most young carers wouldn't want to change the fact that they help someone at home but it's really important young carers have the chance to share how they are feeling and get the support they need.
Every young carer has the right to an assessment of their needs and we want young carers to take the chance to really have their voices heard, to make sure education, home and social life are not made too difficult due to caring. We want to make sure they get the right support at the right time.
We welcome referrals from any source; from young carers, their families or any professional (such as a Teacher, Nurse, or Social Worker).
Who can I speak to if I am a young carer?
You can contact Lincolnshire Young Carers by phoning 01522 553275, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you look after a relative or friend, who is unwell, suffers with a physical or mental illness, learning disability or misuses drugs or alcohol and cannot manage without your support, then you are a carer and you may want to talk to someone about your caring role and any support needs you may have.
Support for Carers
For many people, caring can be positive, but for others, caring without the right help and support can be difficult.
You can contact the Lincolnshire Carers Service to talk to someone about your caring role and we will listen and provide you with support.
We can help you with:
- Information, advice, and guidance.
- The opportunity to talk in detail about your caring role (a carer’s assessment).
- Support your conversations with people and services such as GPs, social care and hospitals.
- Training to help you in your caring role.
- Benefits advice and financial support.
- Opportunities to access support groups and activities so you can meet others in a similar situation to yourself.
- Regular contact by telephone, Carers FIRST website, monthly e-bulletins and “What’s On” guides containing details of groups supported by Carers FIRST.
- Carer’s Emergency Response Plan, which is a plan that you are supported to create and which provides detailed instructions for others to follow in an emergency situation.
- Getting the balance right in your life again.
- Support to have a break or help around the home.
How do I contact the Lincolnshire Carers Service?
The Lincolnshire Carers Service is delivered in partnership by Lincolnshire County Council's Customer Service centre and Carers FIRST. The Customer Service Centre is the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries regarding support for carers. You can contact The Customer Service Centre from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays on 01522 782224 or by emailing CarersService@lincolnshire.gov.uk.
In an emergency, outside of these hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01522 782333.
Information and advice that can be accessed on Lincolnshire County Councils website includes:
- Breaks from caring - Breaks are essential to a carer’s quality of life and personal wellbeing.
- Carer benefits and entitlements - As a carer you may qualify for certain benefits and entitlements.
- Carer's assessment and eligibility - The opportunity for you to talk to someone about how caring has affected your life.
- Carers Emergency Response Service – a service available to carers if they become unwell and is unable to continue caring.
- Carer's personal budgets - Personal budgets can be used to buy services and equipment to help you in your caring role.
- Dementia Family Support Service - Helping support families at any time following a dementia diagnosis.
- Keeping carers and those they care for safe - Lincolnshire County Council has a legal responsibility for keeping carers and the people they care for safe from abuse and neglect.
- Looking after yourself - Keeping well reduces the risk of you being unable to look after someone due to a problem with your own health.
- Someone to speak on your behalf - Advocacy means having someone to support you in making decisions and having a voice.