Our Services at a Glance

Gloucestershire Young Carers takes two approaches to supporting young carers:

  • Providing direct services in partnership with a raft of other organisations
  • Working with young carers to support professionals and commissioners to improve their response to young carers

FOR YOUNG CARERS: (click on the arrows to read more)

Assessment and Support Planning

All young carers referred to GYC are offered an assessment visit preferably in the family home, or alternatively at school or college or any other appropriate venue.

At the visit our Young Carer and Family Locality Worker will discuss with the young person and their family the support they require, assess the young person’s needs as a young carer,  and develop a plan of support.  The plan might include: information and advice; helping family members to access services they need to reduce the amount and impact or caring on the young person; access to services provided by GYC or other agencies; working with education and other agencies to ensure ‘joined up’ support for the young carer.

(This work is jointly commissioned by the Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning group as part of their commitment to carers.)


Young Person Friendly Information

We work with young carers to develop information and resources that can help young people understand their situation, how to look after themselves, and how to get further help.

Visit our resources page


Young Carers’ Participation

Participation is pivotal to the work of GYC.  We work with young carers to ensure that they have a ‘Voice’, are heard and can influence services and policies that affect themselves and their families.  We do this through:

  • Young Carers Forum –generic young carer forum representing all young carers and linking with the Gloucestershire Carers Alliance
  • ‘CHIPS’ – specialist Forum for young carers caring for someone affected by substance misuse
  • YAC Steering Group – young adult carers leading the YAC service
  • Young Carers Newsletter – produced 3 times a year by young carers for young carers
  • Annual Gloucestershire Young Carers Conference – young carer workshops informing practitioners and commissioners on how to improve their response to young carers
  • One-off opportunities for young carer to tell their story to decision makers to influence policy and service delivery
  • Media opportunities


Group Support

  • Caring Counts’ – health and well being course.
    Delivered in localities in partnership with Carers Gloucestershire, this is a 10 session course which is the initial offer to all young carers aged 12+ bringing a group of around 12  young carers together.The course enables young carers:

    • to share their experiences
    • learn how to look after their own well being;
    • find out ways of coping with their caring situation and build resilience;
    • learn about the support that is available to them
    • have some fun and make new friends

    Where the waiting time for a course is long, or where a group situation does not meet the young person’s needs, a member of GYC Youth Work Team will undertake a one to one session with the young person covering some of these issues.

  • Countywide Respite Support Groups
    We run weekly or fortnightly respite support groups during term time for juniors aged 8–11 , and seniors aged 12 – 16.  The groups run in localities across the county.Young carers can:

    • enjoy activities in a safe environment with other young people who share similar experiences and feelings
    • talk to workers with whom they have built a trusting relationship
    • increase their understanding and build resilience
    • learn from sessions exploring different issues and promoting healthy lifestyles
    • be supported to build self-esteem, develop coping strategies and maintain their emotional well-being
  • Short Breaks
    We organise day and residential trips where young carers can enjoy time away with other young people who share similar family circumstances.  These offer access to new activities which challenge and inspire.We work closely with the local community and corporate organisations to enable these events to happen.


Specialist Targeted Support

  • ‘Us Too’:

Support group for children and young people living with someone who experiences mental ill health

‘Us Too’ is a closed, time limited support group for children who are facing difficulties with coping with the impact of a family member’s mental ill health. Its objectives are:

  • to provide a safe space where group members can identify and express their feelings
  • to reduce the sense of isolation by sharing experiences and views with others in similar circumstances
  • to enhance self-esteem and confidence
  • to help the young people to gain a greater understanding of a family member’s illness
  • to help them make sense of the impact of the illness on the family
  • to support the development of coping strategies
  • Service for Young Substance Misuse Carers
  • ‘So We Know’ weekend camps
  • Day workshops for young carers
  • Parent and Carer Days
  • Parent and Young Carers Days
  • CHIPS Forum (Carers Helping Inform Professionals)
  • Young person friendly information
  • 1 to 1 support
  • Support for Parents

Visit our substance misuse page

  • Young Adult Carers Service

  One to one support  and group programmes for young adult carers 16 to 24 years.

Visit our Young Adult Carers page

One to One Support

  • ‘One to One’ support from GYC Youth Work Scheme

Short term support addressing issues for individual young carers as they arise.  Working to an agreed, time limited plan.  Issues may include confidence building, self-esteem or linking in with more specialist services such as counselling.

  • My Time’ befriending scheme

Matching up young carers with an adult befriender on a planned, short term programme: building new experiences, building confidence  and enabling young carers to activities within the local community.


Young carer led training and workshops on a range of issues related to young carers and their families.

Advice and support to enable best practice in schools, mental health teams, social care teams, targeted support teams, hospitals and other agencies who work with children and families

Enabling commissioners to hear directly from young carers to inform their allocation of resources.

Partnership Working with statutory, voluntary and community agencies across the county and beyond.