We know the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak can be particularly worrying for young carers and with so much information out there, looking for advice and support can feel overwhelming!
To help you, we have pulled together some information and guides which we hope you will find useful.
We want our young carers to know – you are not alone, help and support is here if you need it.
The coronavirus or Covid-19 is a new illness that is affecting people all across the world. It's caused by a virus which affects people's lungs and therefore peoples breathing.
The symptoms are usually a high temperature, feeling unwell and a cough you haven't had before.
There are lots of helpful resources and websites explaining what the coronavirus is, how it can affect us and how you can protect yourself and others you can find them here:
- Guidance for Young People who care for someone else. Published by the Department of Health and Social Care 3rd July 2020
If you are struggling or need help and advice you can contact our Community Response Hub on:
0800 234 6123
The line is open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 5.30pm
Some of the things they can assist you with include sorting food and shopping, money worries, medication deliveries, help you if you are feeling lonely or just need some general advice.
Some of you may still be attending school, and some of you will be staying at home to shield a loved one. Whatever your situation, your schools should be keeping in regular contact with you, helping you with your school work and asking how you are doing. You should also be able to contact a member of staff at your school if you have any questions or worries.
Many of schools in Manchester now have a named Young Carer Champion. The champion is a member of the school staff team who knows all about young carers, the challenges you might face and how to support you. You can check if your school has a Young Carer Champion by searching here.
Can’t find your school on the list? – Let us know here and we will contact your school in the near future to help them support their young carers.
There are lots of local and national services who support young carers, we have pulled them together for you.
We know that things are difficult right now and many of you will be missing family and friends. It’s really important to try to keep up our hobbies and interest, or even try something new - we just have to find new ways of connecting to support while following the Stay at Home rules.
There are lots of activities which can be carried out whilst social distancing or self-isolating, although many services are unable to provide face to face support, they are able to offer alternative forms of provision such as such as telephone or online activities, counselling or advice.
Our partners and friends at 42nd Street, the Horsfall, Manchester Carers Centre, the Hide Out, Manchester Youth Zone and the Honey Pot Charity understand some of the challenges you face as a young carer and are here for you!
Why not take a look at what they have to offer and get in touch!
The Horsfall/ 42nd Street Manchester
We would love Young Carers to join in our daily art challenges and summer art competition. We are running daily online activity to help young people feel connected. For more details email rod.kippen@42nd street.org.uk
Follow us on Twitter @TheHorsfall
We also have a new and exciting Young Carers Photography Project. We want to collect images from Manchester Young Carers for an exhibition of the work at our Horsfall gallery. Click here for details
Hideout Youth Zone for young people aged 8- 19 (Up to 25 for young people with additional needs)
We would like to work with Young Carers in the areas of Gorton & Abbey Hey, Longsight, Ardwick, Levenshulme and Beswick*, we can provide telephone or online support Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm to help tackle loneliness and isolation. We also running online activities on all social media platforms
*we welcome professionals enquiries for young carers outside of the catchment area
Facebook: HideOut Youth Zone
Parent / Carer or Professional referral required: Young Carers will need to sign up to become a member which will be free of charge. Referrals in the first instance to Adam Farricker (CEO) Adam.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Manchester Youth Zone for young people aged 8- 19 (Up to 25 for young people with additional needs)
Online challenges and engagement opportunities for all young people, see
Facebook: Manchester Youth Zone
Instagram: Manchester Youth Zone
Manchester Carers Centre - Young Adult Carers Project for young people age 16-25
Telephone appointments only during coronavirus Appointments can be used to discuss a variety of topics; Coronavirus, Mental Health, Health Worries, Practical Support Needs such as food supplies or medication. Telephone appointments can take place Morning or evening and accessed as often as needed. Call: 0161 27 27 27 0 Or 07956 836 058
The Honey Pot – Young Carers Charity for young carers age 5-13
Honey Pot is a Young Carers Children’s Charity offering respite breaks to children age 5- 13 Honeypot is currently close due to COVID 19 but will be offering an online activity centre.
We know that there are huge benefits to being online, this is especially true as we practice social distancing as it is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends.
It is also important to have an online offline balance and set aside some time to do something offline, like make something creative, read a book or physical exercise.
For advice and help to keep you safe when online and looking after your online mental health, we have pulled together a list of tips and guidance to help you keep safe and know what to do when things go wrong.
There are lots of fun and interesting things you can do on the internet, but it’s important to understand how to stay safe online.
UK Safer Internet Centre
The pages have been written specifically for children and young people to access if they have questions about staying safe online and include top tips, videos and short quizzes.
The latest tips, advice and resources to help children and young people have a safe and positive time online
BBC 8 top tips for online safety.
Find out more about keeping things fun, safe and respectful when you're online. The internet is an amazing place to be creative, chat with friends and find interesting fun stuff. You may spend a lot of time online, so it’s important to make the most of it and enjoy it whilst also being safe, sensible and respectful to others too. Here’s our guide to being smart about who you meet and what you do online.
Mind Online Mental Health
Explains the benefits and challenges to your mental health of being online, and gives ideas for looking after yourself online and getting support. Also provides information on staying safe online and getting the balance right between your online and offline life.
Advice for Parents and Carers
To help parents and carers during COVID-19, CEOP are releasing activity packs with simple 15 minute activities parents and carers can do with their child to support their online safety at home.
It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, the NSPCC can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.