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Merton Young Carers

Merton Young Carers supports children aged 5-17 who are looking after or whose life is affected by a family member who is ill or disabled. The project offers clubs and activities offering ‘time out’ from caring, information for you and your family, a chance to meet others in similar situations, support in your contact with social workers, teachers and healthcare workers, an opportunity to talk to someone in private and receive individual support.

Who to contact

Telephone
020 8646 7515
E-mail
info@csmerton.org
Website
Carers Support Merton website
Request a referral from
Notes

This service is part of the Merton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Local Offer

Location

Name
Vestry Hall
Address
336-338 London Road
Mitcham
Postcode
CR4 3UD

Time / Date Details

When is it on
9.30am to 4.00pm
Session Information
Monday to Friday (recorded info at weekends)

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
5-17 and a carer; 17-24 if caring for someone with mental health issues
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

We accept referrals from professionals - such as social workers, GPs, teachers and Family Support Workers, but also from family members and carers themselves. However, please note that for all young carers under the age of 18, we will need parental consent

Local Offer

Description

We provide young carers with:

Information
accurate, up to date information about personal and lifestyle issues, learning and career opportunities, where to find advice and how to access it.

Advice
activities that help young people to gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to their situation.

Guidance
impartial guidance and support to help young people understand themselves and their needs, confront barriers, resolve conflicts, develop new perspectives and make progress.

Regular newsletter
providing information about upcoming events, activities, support groups, training and details of who is in the team and what their role is.

Support
We can attend meetings with young carers and their families, supporting them to have their say and understand what is being said, so that they can make real choices about their lives.

Help
to access other support as and when needed.

Emotional support
the opportunity to talk about how they feel and help them to manage these feelings.

Benefits check
assessments to ensure that they are getting the correct benefits.

Time away from caring
this could be attending club night or activities.

Workshops
a group activity which focuses on learning about one topic or theme.

Fun activities
provide a safe place for young carers to have fun and share experiences.

Last updated: 09/11/2020
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