What’s happening in the young adult carer support team
What’s been happening over the past months:
It’s great to get back to in-person support in the Young Adult Carer Service, and there have been lots of comments on how good it is to actually see people in ‘real life’. From May’s ‘YACnic’ picnic, to one-to-one Walk-and Talks, lots of us are benefitting from getting out and about. Over the summer and beyond, we hope to carry on meeting up in person for those who want to, while still offering online support and activities for those who prefer that option.
We’ve got some great projects going on too, such as Inspire Change – full details below. Our Zine (DIY magazine) making workshops with Create Arts have just started, and the creativity is definitely flowing. We’ve also launched Aspire one-to-ones, which are already helping people to identity goals and overcome barriers.
We’ve also just secured some funding for young adult carers to have a weekend break in Liverpool later in the year.
Last but not least, it was great to hear young adult carer Katharine Macy on BBC Radio York during Carers Week raising awareness of caring in our city.
To keep up to date with everything YAC related, why not follow us on Instagram @yacsyork.
Our Inspiring Change project with young adult carers has now started, made possible thanks to funding from the Quilter Foundation and supported by Carers Trust.
The focus is on improving wellbeing and recognising resilience, and a steering group of young adult carers has been set up to help shape and progress the project.
Our project will give young adult carers time out from the pressures they face in their caring roles, to really focus on themselves. Carers can choose activities that will most benefit their wellbeing, from four available strands:
– ‘Aspire’ personal goal setting and action planning project
– ‘Create Arts’ expressive sessions
– ‘Mix’ social opportunities to reduce isolation and facilitate peer support
– ‘York YAC Steering Group’, giving young adult carers a voice.
There’s something for everyone. From getting a break from caring and building confidence, to learning new skills and, crucially, having fun, we know each individual will be empowered by taking part.
The steering group will play a key role in planning arts projects, as well as social events, so if you’d like to be involved in the steering group please let us know.
As part of the project there are opportunities for a number of young adult carers to receive one to one ‘Aspire’ support to move towards a particular goal or aspiration, in addition to a grant. Please let us know if you’d like more details about this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org