Frequently Asked Questions

Below are various questions from young carers and parents:

Can I (the parent) refer my child to your services?
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Young Carers MK can only accept referrals of young carers from professionals e.g. a teacher or support worker from school, a doctor or nurse, or another support worker who is supporting someone in your family. This could also be your social worker or someone from Children’s services.

Does everyone get to do activities?
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When we receive a referral we come out to visit you and then we ask you about what activities/hobbies/clubs you already attend. Some young carers do lots of activities and some are unable to do any for different reasons, so we try and offer the activities to the children who are not getting out much and are isolated because of their caring responsibilities.

Do I have to pay to come out with Young Carers MK?
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Our activities and events are free. Young Carers MK are a charity and we fundraise to get the money to run events and activities. We also have some very kind people and organisations who help us by donating money to us.

Can I bring a friend to young carers activities and events?
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We can only include young carers in our events and activities. If you want to come along to any events or activities and do not know anyone, we will look after you and introduce you to some new friends.

My child does lots of activities so what else can you do to help?
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When we meet with you for the assessment we talk about your child’s needs and the kind of support we offer such as one to one emotional support, offering information about the person’s condition they are caring for, small targeted workshops, signposting to other services and school support and advocacy.