Mrs Paula Howard - Young Carers Co-ordinator
My name is Paula Howard and I am the Young Carers Coordinator for George Abbot. According to Surrey Young carers web site: click HERE.
"Young carers are children or young people under the age of 18 who provide regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances."
Young carers look after a family member such as a parent, brother, sister or other relative or they might care for a family friend. The person may live in the same house as the young carer or somewhere else.
Young carers provide physical care, emotional support, carry out domestic tasks like cooking and cleaning or provide child care. They may also do things like pay the household bills or translate for relatives who don’t speak English.
Half of all young carers provide up to 10 hours of care a week, while many others are caring for more than 50 hours a week. It’s not surprising that young carers often struggle to fit in other activities like school work, playing sport or meeting up with friends.
At George Abbot we offer drop in groups, trips, mentoring by other Young Carers, Assemblies, Link with Surrey Young Carers and monitor progress.
To refer a young carer, or to refer yourself, please go and inform your Head of Year or follow either of these links:
Website: Action For Carers - Click HERE