Young Carers Development Trust

The Young Carers Development Trust is a registered charity which tackles the lack of opportunity experienced by many young carers due to their caring responsibilities.

The Young Carers Development Trust

On average each year 48 school days (10 weeks) are missed or cut significantly short because of their caring roles. Children who are young carers miss out on all sorts of opportunities, from basic education to social and developmental activities. At the Young Carers Development Trust we enable young carers to fulfill their potential, their hopes and dreams.

Prior to the Trust’s formation in 2012, only one young carer in west Wiltshire had been to university. Trustees are united in their view that young carers’ life experiences often equip them for high achievement, once the difficulties caused by their caring responsibilities are addressed. The Trust is establishing a network of high-achieving young carers, willing to become active and inspiring role models for others from backgrounds similar to their own. The Trust works through its Development Managers who provide resources and mentoring for these young carers. The Trust works with young carers from North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucester, Wiltshire and Bath & North East Somerset.

We are delighted to have just produced our first Impact Report, illustrating the difference we are making: to have a look go to our News page

The Coronavirus and Young Carers: Here are two links aimed to support our young carers, their families and anyone else in need through this difficult time.

Coronavirus and Caring

Coronavirus Support Plan

Young Carers Support (coronavirus related) Webinars

27/8/20 YAC Coronavirus "Back to School" Q&A webinar  Webinar Link

This webinar discussed how to appeal (or not to appeal) your GCSE, BTEC and A-Level results. We also take a look at what schools, sixth forms, colleges and universities will look like in September with hygiene measures, social distancing and "bubbles" in place. The webinar finishes with tips on managing 'back to school' anxiety and where to access support. 

Webinars During the Coronavirus Lockdown March - June 2020

YCDT and CSC hosted coronavirus Q & A webinars on Wednesdays during the lockdown, aimed at young adult carers (14-25) and professionals working with young adult carers. Below are links to the webinars. Please note the webinars have been edited for safeguarding and confidentiality purposes and so there will be times where they skip.

24/06/20 The impact of relaxing social distancing guidance on young adult carers Webinar Link

This webinar focussed on the imminent relaxation of social distancing guidance and how that may affect YACs- particularly those who are caring for someone who is shielding. We also discussed how young adult carers can perform a  self "health check", taking time to reflect and spot signs that they may have met their coping threshold. We also talk about where they can go for support, both for early help and in a crisis.  The webinar closes with information about the National Tutoring Programme to start in schools from Autumn 2020 and with inventive ways to find quiet spaces to work within the home and out and about.

17/06/20  Guest Speaker Amy Riley and her experiences as a young adult carer  Webinar Link

In this webinar, guest speaker Amy Riley spoke beautifully about her experience as a young adult carer, the skills she gained from caring and then transferred to overcome her barriers to get to university. She also spoke about the people and schemes that helped her along the way. Guest Speaker Amy Riley and her experiences as a young adult carer further information

10/06/20  Carers Week: #MakingCaringVisible  Webinar Link

This webinar focussed on a Carers Week theme of #MakingCarersVisible. This webinar included a Covid policy update, #makingcaringvisible: who to tell and why, University offerings for YACs. Following this is a link providing further information about this topics and links to useful websites/resources. Carers Week: #MakingCaringVisable further information

27/05/20  Schools Reopening, IFS study & Youth Employment Group and Skills for Success  Webinar Link

This webinar focussed on government guidance for schools reopening for years 10 and 12 and how that might look like in reality.  We discussed the recent IFS report regarding the impact of covid-19 on youth employment. The webinar concluded with detail on how YACs can identify their skills gained from caring and show how they transfer to the job market. Following this is a link providing further information about these topics: Schools Reopening, IFS study & Youth Employment Group and Skills for Success further information

20/05/2020  Schools Reopening, Summer Holidays and Mental Health Week theme of "Kindness"  Webinar link

This webinar focussed on the latest surrounding schools reopening, the likelihood of a summer holiday and the Mental Health Week theme of "Kindness".  Following this is a link providing further information about these topics: Schools Reopening, Summer Holidays and Mental Health Week theme of "Kindness" further information

13/05/2020 The ‘R’ Number, Latest Government Guidance and Looking After Yourself  Webinar link

This webinar focuses on the rate of infection ("R" number), how the latest government guidance may affect YACs, and (in line with the theme of "kindness" for next week's mental health week) how to be kind to yourself.  Following this is a link providing further information about these topics: The ‘R’ Number, Latest Government Guidance and Looking After Yourself further information

06/05/2020 Coronavirus Testing, Homeschooling and Facemasks  Webinar link

This webinar focussed on providing information about testing for the coronavirus, homeschooling resources and making a facemask. Following this is a link providing further information about coronavirus testing, homeschooling and facemasks referred to in the webinar, including recommendations from attendees: Coronavirus Testing, Homeschooling and Facemasks further information

29/04/2020  Grants and Funding   Webinar link

This webinar focussed on the grants and funding that young adult carers and their families can access.  Following this is a link for anyone wanting further information on the potential grants and funding referred to in the webinar, including recommendations from attendees: Grants and Funding further information

22/04/2020  Looking after your mental health  Webinar link

This webinar focussed on how young adult carers can look after their mental health during this uncertain time. The webinar includes discussion about the importance of structure is to feel happy and healthy, and how a (loose) timetable can support that. Following this is a link providing further information about looking after your mental health, links to support organisations and activities referred to in the webinar, including recommendations from attendees: Looking after your mental health further information