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The European voice for informal carers

Practice examples and resources to help you support young carers at this time (COVID-19)

Our friend from has put together a collection of examples of practice and resource ideas to support professionals working with young carers:

Practice examples

Basingstoke young carers have created a new platform on Instagram to support social interaction for young carers, including games, activities, and peer interaction.

YoungCarersMatterNorfolk are offering personalised, localised, in-depth, specialist advice related to caring needs both over the phone, via email & online. They and using creative ways, such as video calls and activity packs too.

Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) have created an online support group

The research team at Careum School of Health in Zurich, Switzerland is now offering online support for young  carers

Sheffield young carers are promoting their e-bulletin SYC News to share useful information about COVID19

Cheshire young carers are continuing their support  – all online and are producing digital activity packs for young carers


Support for young people

Children’s Commissioner’s guide to Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Health advice you can trust from The Mix (information, support and listening for people under 25)

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis

Childline: advice and protection for children 24 hours a day, and free, confidential counselling

Samaritans: 24-hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it (including adults)

NACOA have developed an online resource pack for those concerned for young people affected by their parent’s drinking during #COVID19 social distancing.

The NHS App: For booking appointments, repeat prescriptions,  check symptoms… and more (for over 13 year olds)

Free resource: a wordless book for people with communication difficulties and those who care for them. Explains what to do if they contract Covid19. UK orientated so may some adaption for other audiences.


For parents

The NHS App: For booking appointments, repeat prescriptions,  check symptoms… and more (for over 13 year olds)

YoungMinds Parents Helpline:  If you are worried about a child or young person. A free helpline for confidential, expert advice


Tools to support you

Video calls / conferences can be run on: Skype or Zoom

Use WhatsApp to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls

John Torode’s Coronavirus Isolation Meal Ideas : This Morning (I really liked this short article)

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources! by ChatterPack

A weekly routine planner template form Mobilise

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