CANW’s Blackburn with Darwen Young Carers Service provides help and support to young people residing in Blackburn with Darwen aged 5 onwards who are carrying the care burden at home. They may be looking after parents or siblings, helping them cope with illness, mental health issues, or even substance abuse problems.

We make sure that the child is looked after from all angles – that they can cope at home, that they can cope at school, that they feel supported. We are their advocate, their defender, their comfort. We are their voice when they need it. We give them 1 to 1 support, access to a network of other carers so they know they are not alone and give them someone they can talk to. We give them hope. Our team forms a bridge between school and home and works towards coming up with ways of supporting the young person by providing:

  • Assessment of needs
  • Group night sessions for a break/respite
  • Peer support and mentors
  • An 8 week programme that acts as support for our ‘Superstar’ Infant Young Carers aged 5-7 years
  • A 10-week programme that acts as support for our ‘main group’ Young Carers aged 8-15 years
  • Support for 16+
  • 1:1 sessions to explore needs and feelings
  • Looking to reduce the caring role
  • Signposting
  • Introducing Universal Services
  • Opportunity to participate at a local and strategic level
  • Online community
  • Self-esteem workshops
  • Weekend respite (subject to funding)

More information can be found at CANW.

Tel: 01254 692709

Referrals accepted from a wide range of agencies including school, health and Children’s/Adult Services. Self referrals also accepted via the form below

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