Since opening in October 2012, Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Young Carers Project (GYGYC) has rapidly expanded, with 60 young people attending and a further 10 on the waiting list. Referrals are received from local schools, colleges and other education units, plus Children’s Services, safeguarding teams and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
In 2012 the Norfolk Youth Innovation Fund awarded a grant of £4,920 to enable the Project to expand to offer support young carers aged 18 and over, who are often overlooked and can be left isolated and unsupported after falling outside typical young carers’ provision. Many young adult carers fail to make successful transitions into further or higher education or employment, and without support a high proportion fail to sustain their involvement due to their caring responsibilities.
The fortnightly sessions offer respite and peer support, plus CV writing skills and liaison with tutors at school or college to ensure they are coping with their workload. 12 young adult carers benefitted from this new provision in its first year.