A young carer is a child or young person between the ages of 5 and 18 years old, whose life is in someway affected by them living with a family member who has a disability or illness, alcohol or drug addiction, HIV/AIDS or a mental health illness.
Coventry Carers' Centre Young Carers Project provides advice, information and support and respite to young carers in Coventry. We work in settings preferable to the young carer, either from the Carers' Centre in the City Arcade, or anywhere the young person feels comfortable. We provide one to one support services, group sessions, free trips and outings, activity groups (such as arts and crafts sessions)The Time for Me Project works with Young carers to enable and empower them to access extra curricular activities, such as football clubs, martial arts lessons, dance classes, scouts, swimming lessons etc....
Once registered with our service young carers' are kept up to date through a regular newsletter. We hold a session titled "Project Wednesday" every month in term time at the Central Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Lane, City Centre from 17:00 to 19:00 for all our young carers aged 8 - 12 and 13 - 18 years old. They have the chance to take part in activities, eat a hot meal and just chill out to take a break from their caring role. We also run a monthly Thursplay session for young carers aged 5 - 7 years old.
The support worker can provide one to one support and our activities coordinator ensures there are activities to provide young carers with a break.
We are based in the City Arcade (just up from the BIG Argos in town) Just get in touch with Ed or Sharon at the Centre and they will make an appointment to register you, or you can even do it over the phone.