BOOM! Young Carers
The Benjamin Foundation has been working to help Young Carers access a range of fun and sociable activities since 2014. We deliver this service on behalf of and in partnership with Norfolk County Council.
Young carers are children and young people up to the age of 18, whose lives are affected by caring for someone in their family who has a long-term illness or disability, mental health problem, learning disability, or who misuses alcohol or drugs. The 2011 census suggests that in Norfolk there are approximately 2,000 young carers.
Our service runs regular young carers' groups around the county, which take place every three weeks during term-time. They provide a safe, supportive environment for young carers to enable them to let their hair down, make friends, play, socialise and forget their adult responsibilities for a while. The groups also allow young carers to share their concerns with people who really understand what they are going through, and to seek help for any problems they may be having. Activities are provided together with transport to and from each session when it is needed. There's also food and drink available at each session.
All groups for the 6-12 age range begin at 5pm and end at 7pm, groups for the 12-18 year olds begin at 7pm and end at 9pm. For full details on our Young Carer groups please click HERE
To join one of our groups you need to have had a ‘Young Carers Assessment' offered by Norfolk County Council. These assessments are nothing to worry about. For more information call Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 and ask for a ‘Young Carers Assessment'. For more information on the assessments and how it can help you, please click HERE
You can download our information leaflet here
If you have had a Young Carers Assessment or you are referring a young person who has had an assessment please complete and return a registration form to the email address above or to The Benjamin Foundation, BOOM! Young Carers, St Edmunds House, 103 Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3EP.
Anastasia Twigg - Young Carers Support Manager