Bromley Well Young Carers Service
Bromley Well Young Carers service provides support for young people who care for others – Young Carers. The team support children and young people aged 4-19 years to manage caring relationships whilst enjoying childhood.
In 2021-22, Bromley Well received 164 referrals to support young carers.
S is a 16-year-old young carer for her mum, who has mental health needs, doesn’t speak English and can’t read or write. S provides emotional and practical support for her mum, which has made her feel very stressed and affected her self-esteem. S was referred to Bromley Well Young Carers Service through her school. They hoped it would give her the opportunity to connect with other young carers and receive support.
Activities and workshops
As a result, she has attended activities and workshops, including an online drop-in support group during lockdown. She also took part in four employment workshops provided through The Carers Trust.
Supporting academic goals
Thanks to one-to-one remote sessions with her Bromley Well support worker, we were also able to help her apply to The Carers Trust Emergency COVID-19 Fund. She was awarded money for a laptop, which has made a huge difference, enabling her to work towards her academic goals.
Emotional and peer support
S took part in the “Young Carers Got Talent Show”, singing a song from a musical. This was a big step for her and improved her confidence levels enormously. She’d been anxious about it beforehand but felt good about herself afterwards. Through the support she’s received, S now has a peer support network, her self-esteem has improved enormously and she now believes in herself. She says that the online support during lockdown was ‘a lifeline’ to her.