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Support for young carers

If you’re a young carer who lives in Slough and would like some support these are some of the services you can access.  

Aik Saath – Together As One are a voluntary group for young people. They run a support group for young carers called the Young Carers’ Café. This takes place on Wednesdays, 6pm until 8pm at 29 Church Street, SL1 1PL, telephone - 01753 574 780.  

The Beehive Foundation help vulnerable young people access services that they might not otherwise be able to get involved in, such as the YES programme (see below). If your caring responsibilities are making it difficult for you to access an opportunity, such as sports, arts or community activity, then the Beehive Foundation could be able to help. Telephone -07595021906. 

Crossroads Young Carers supports children and young people aged 4 to 18 years who live in Slough and have caring responsibilities. Their Young Carers Club takes place on Fridays, 5pm until 7pm at Britwell Youth and Community Centre, SL2 2DH. Contact - 01753 525 796. 

Destiny Support helps families access the support they need by providing information, advice and guidance to overcoming barriers that might be preventing them from progressing or getting help. Visit www.destinysupport.org for more information or call 01753 552271. 

Slough Young People's Service supports young people to realise their potential and to make the most of opportunities available to them. They are here to help if you are looking for something to do, need support to find a job or want to explore your education and training options, want to influence how services are delivered to young people or need support with issues that concern you. Call -01753 875510 or email sloughforyouth@slough.gov.uk 

Special Voices is a group of parents/carers of young people with special/additional needs. They are all volunteers working together to raise awareness about the rights and needs of young people with special needs and to ensure that they and their families are consulted on any decisions made during planning or developing services for them. If you help care for a young person with special needs they can help ensure your voice is heard and sign post you to the support that is available. Call -07990 693439 or visit www.specialvoices.co.uk    

Turning Point helps people with drug and alcohol issues. They also support young people caring for people living with the effects of these addictions, through programmes such as What About Me. Call 01753 692548 to find out what Turning Point can do for you. 

Youth Engagement Slough (YES) deliver a wide range of free sessions for young people across Slough, including the arts, sports and social activities. Visit www.yesslough.org.uk  to download a programme and find out what’s available. 

If you would like an assessment, contact the Council on the numbers below: 

  • Adult carers (aged over 18 years) -Adult Social Care, Tel: 01753 475111.
  • Young People Service  Tel: 01753 875510.

National Links 

The Carers Trust – Babble –  A forum for young carers www.youngcarers.net 

The Children’s Society’s Young Carers Initiative www.youngcarer.com 

“Making it Real for Young Carers”: A guide for people working with young carers written largely in young carers’ own words. www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk 

Young Adult Carers: for carers aged 18 to 24 www.carers.org/help-directory/young-adult-carers-guide