Are you a carer in your 20s, 30s or 40s?  Would you like to meet up with other younger people who are in a similar situation?

Over the past year, an increasing number of younger adults have contacted Carers in Sheffield and said that they would be interested in meeting other carers, for mutual support and understanding.  Some of them are caring for their parents or siblings, and have done so for many years.  Some people have recently taken on a caring role, for example for their partner.

Following this, several carers have met up on a regular basis in a pub or for a meal out.  These groups are more informal than our usual support groups: Carers in Sheffield arranges an initial meeting which enables you to meet each other, and exchange contact details if you’d like to.  If you wish, you could then continue to meet between you, on a regular basis or ‘as and when’.  You could also, as a group, apply for a Time for Me Group Grant, either to fund tickets to the cinema/theatre, or to pay for wellbeing sessions, or whatever you fancy.

If you would like more information on this, please contact our Support and Information Service on 0114 272 8362.  We would take a few details about who you care for, and your age, and also have a chat with you about your caring role.  Once we have a few names of people in a similar position, we would then arrange a date for you to meet at the Carers Centre or elsewhere, with tea and cake!

You can download a graphic showing the support available for younger adult carers here.

 Carers Trust Website for Younger Adult Carers – ‘Matter’

The National organisation, Carers Trust, has recently launched a website specifically for carers aged 16-25 – Matter.  It works like a social media site, such as Facebook or Twitter, as well as being a trusted source of information and advice.  Matter was created in close consultation with young adult carers from across the UK, specifically recruited to help shape the design and ensure it met their needs for friendship and information. It is purposefully designed to be mobile phone friendly. Michele Lambert, Head of Digital at Carers Trust says: “We’ve developed Matter as offline support is not always available for young adult carers and it’s easy to become isolated. Matter offers access to advice and information, letting carers share problems and successes and providing a 24-hour, 7 days a week peer support system.”

** Please see click here for information about the Carers Trust campaign to help improve recognition of young adult carers entering higher education. **