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Does your workforce know how to identify and support Young Carers?

   

Imago can provide free training for schools, GP surgeries, organisations supporting children and young people and community groups.  By the end of the session you will learn the impact of being a Young Carer, how to prevent inappropriate caring, what support  is available and how to refer .

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Kent Young Carers

 
 

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Service Announcement

 

We are delighted that Imago has secured the contract to deliver services for Kent Young Carers for a further 3 years from May 2022.   We will be delivering services in all 12 Kent districts to an ever-growing number of Young Carers.  A key element of the project will be working with professionals to help them identify ‘Hidden’ Young Carers so that we can offer support to more young people.

 

Due to the growing number of Young Carers across the county, our aim is to build partnerships with schools and community organisations to broaden support for Young Carers. It is anticipated that this will enable more Young Carers access to support not only from us, but from people they see on a daily basis.  

 

The support on offer will be personalised to the needs of the Young Carer, identified through a Young Carers assessment, and will include one-to-one support, information, advice and guidance, and opportunities to access online activities.

 

We will:

  • provide opportunities for Young Carers to get together to share concerns, suggestions and make their voices heard,
  • seek funding for trips and activities to provide respite activities across the county,
  • develop resources and support with Young Carers, to enable them to cope with challenges and concerns,
  • establish a Young Carers Forum for new ideas to ensure we provide a wide range of services for Young Carers and their families.

 

In each area there will be a local Coordinator who will be the key contact for families, as well as our Central Hub for additional support.  We will regularly ask families for their views about the service and will use this feedback to develop the Kent Young Carers service further. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact Wendy McGeachy, Head of Service, by email wendy.mcgeachy@imago.community or call 07702 521064.

 
 

There are over 10,000 Young Carers in Kent and according to BBC research there could be another 30,000 hidden Young Carers!  It is important that Young Carers know that they are not alone in their caring role.

Being a Young Carer can have a negative impact on a Young Person such as low confidence and self-esteem, low educational attendance & attainment and poor physical & mental health.  It is Kent Young Carers aim to reduce the negative and highlight the positive impact of being a carer such as increased resilience, empathy, non-judgemental attitude and caring nature.

 
 

Kent Young Carers is the countywide service for Young Carers aged 5-18 across Kent.  Young Carers are taking on caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue.

KYC works with schools, communities, and statutory and voluntary agencies to identify hidden young carers. Following assessment, KYC offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, one-to-one support, in school support and workshops. 

KYC also offer training and information to professionals.

  

For further information please contact the KYC Hub:

Phone 0300 111 1110

Email youngcarers@imago.community 

 

Young Adult Carers aged 16-25 are supported in Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and Swale. You can read more about the service on our YAC page here.

    

  

The KYC Hub is available for you to call Monday - Friday 9-5pm to talk about Young Carers’ needs and can provide information, advice and signposting. 

 

 

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