Giving young carers a voice
Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) is an exciting four-year programme giving young carers a chance to communicate, share their stories and advocate for the things that matter most to them.
Funded by a Youth in Focus grant from the Big Lottery Fund, YCiF is creating a national network led by 200 young carer ‘champions’ aged 10-25.
Young people taking part are receiving training and skills which will improve their resilience, confidence, skills and knowledge.
The aim is to increase their well-being and future employment, training and education- particularly during transitional stages, and as they move towards independence.
YCIF will also work with Champions to raise public awareness and promote positive attitudes towards young carers, family illness and disability and to influence local and national systems to deliver support through standardised identification, whole family assessment and services to reduce the number of families relying on children to provide inappropriate levels of care.
A safe social network for young carers
A central element of the YCiF programme is the country’s first ever safe social network for young carers https://www.makewav.es/ycif, developed on the Makewaves website.
This online community makes it easy for schools, colleges and youth groups to participate in the programme. Young people can reach out to others, and tell policy and decision-makers about the changes they want to see. They can get involved by creating their own ‘site’ on the safe social network hosted by Makewaves.
Join the YCiF network
If you are a project leader or teacher, register now so that young carers in your group or school can create their own pages.