About us

Gloucestershire Young Carers is a dynamic charity constantly growing and developing to meet the ever-changing needs of young carers in the county.

Our History

1992 – A countywide multi-agency steering group is set up and successfully bids for funding
1993 – Young carer’s Project Development worker Helen Predgen-Lay is appointed
1993 – Office is established with adult carers in Gloucester
1994 – First group is set up in a cafe in Stroud with 5 young carers
1994 – Young carers input and influence the Carers Recognition Act 1995
1997 – GYC becomes an ‘Independent Company Limited by Guarantee’
1997 – A lottery bid is successful funding work with children under 12
2000 – Specialist services are established for young carers living with a family member with mental ill health
2002 – Gloucestershire Young Carers is awarded Charitable Status
2003 – ‘Our Voice’ Gloucestershire Young Carers Young Carers Forum is set up
2007 – Members of the Forum join the National Young Carers Forum
2008 – Young carers from Gloucestershire inform and influence the National Carers Strategy: Carers at the heart of 21st Century Families
2010 – A whole family approach is adopted – keeping the young carer in focus
2010 – Specialist services are established for young carers living with a family member who experiences problematic use of substances
2010 – A Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship is awarded to learn from the Australian model of supporting children of parents with a mental illness
2011 – GYC celebrates our 18th birthday with young carers events
2013 – A 3 year contract from GCC and NHS is awarded to provide carers’ services in partnership with Carers Gloucestershire
2014 – GYC is awarded overall winner of the GSK/Kings Fund Impact Award
2015 – Regional Winner of the Lloyds Bank Foundation Award for Enterprise and Collaboration
2015 – GYC are Children & Young People Now Award finalist
2016 – The GCC/NHS carers’ services contract is rolled over for another two years
2017 – GYC are Children & Young People Now Award finalist
2017 – Chapter published in Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work Vol 2 (Pavilion) sharing learning from InterAct: a whole family approach to improving outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness
2018 – 25 years of working with and for young carers is celebrated
2019 – GYC wins the contract with Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver services to young carers and young adult carers across Gloucestershire
2019 – In coproduction with young carers, GYC wins the Children and Young People Now Youth Volunteering and Social Action Award
2020 – Young carers present at the international conference ‘It Takes a Village’ in Norway
2020 – GYC is instrumental in setting up Young Carers National Voice in partnership with Sheffield Young Carers
2020 – Services move rapidly to delivery on-line in response to the Coronavirus pandemic

Innovation and Specialism

The intelligence and expertise… around reaching and supporting particularly hard to reach families… continues to be shared and inform national good practice. They (GYC) are considered to be a leading and influential young carers’ service across England.

National Young Carers’ Lead, Children’s Society, 2018