Eastleigh Young Carers Project offers flexible support for any young person 8 -18 years old within the Eastleigh Borough whose life is significantly affected by caring for a family member, like a parent or a sibling, who has an illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse problem. The project gives young carers the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, take some well-deserved time off, and have lots of fun. We aim to empower young people and provide them with positive experiences in a safe and fun environment where they are free to be themselves.
To improve the lives of young carers by providing safe, quality support to individuals and offering an holistic approach which considers the needs of the whole family minimising the physical and emotional impact of caring, and promoting wellbeing and resilience.
To create a place where children and young people reach their potential and achieve a positive transition to adulthood regardless of family circumstances empowering them to make a valuable contribution to their community.
What we do…
The Project offers regular activity nights throughout the Borough of Eastleigh, day and residential trips, life skills sessions, one to one support, mentoring and much more.
We are working with schools to provide regular support networks for young carers.
For further information or to make a referral please telephone
023 8090 2465 (mobile 07565 350799) or email email@example.com
Jo & her team speak candidly about their roles and the support they provide for Young Carers:
Jo Miles – Young Carers Services Manager
I have worked for Eastleigh Young Carers Project for over 7 years . My role is to make sure that we are providing a safe, secure, supportive and fun project for Young Carers. I spend lots of time fundraising, and writing funding bids to ensure we can continue to support all of you. I love my job and working with all of the fantastic Young Carers we support. Its great to see you grow in confidence, make friends and have fun. When I can I try to come to club, choir and trips to see all of you. I am a season ticket holder at Southampton FC so I enjoy watching lots of football. I enjoy going for long walks with my husband, cooking and love my little cat Mrs Bean
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the project please get in touch
Amie Simons – Schools Support Worker and Choir Leader
I joined the project in December 2014 and have loved every second of working for Eastleigh Young Carers. I am the School Support worker which means that I go into secondary schools and have 1:1 sessions there with our Young Carers to offer them support in any way they need it. If you would like to see me and talk to me at any time then please just get in touch.I am also the Choir Coordinator. I meet with a group of young people from various young carers projects across Hampshire to relax, have fun and sing our hearts out. This has become one of my favourite things to do and we are always looking for new members so come along! In my spare time, I am very active!! I love to sing and play guitar. I am also learning piano. Reading and writing is another love of mine; I write songs, poetry and short stories and enjoy reading books.
Bippa Dosanjh – Activity Worker
I have been volunteering at Eastleigh Young Carers since October 2014 and started working for the project in June 2015. My role within Eastleigh Young Carers is to plan and provide creative activities for the children who access our youth clubs. I also organise, plan and run the day trips. I like to make them feel welcome and engage with others during these sessions to form new friendships and to just have fun! In my spare time I like listening to music, shopping and playing with my dog Smokey.
Danielle Smith – Activity Worker
I joined the team in July 2015. My role is to plan and organise activities and experiences for the project and the Youth Clubs and Day Trips. I love that my job is creative and always varied and I love to be part of Young Carers having a great time, making friends and building their confidence. My likes are cats, reading and enjoying the outdoors.
Donna Stroud – Family Support Worker
I have worked for the project since April 2014. I support Young Carers and their families who have been identified as being in higher need and maybe experiencing more challenging times. I hope to work proactively with parents/cared for to enable families to access the help available to them by sign posting and working closely with other referral partners. In the spare time that I have I love to explore the Arts and Crafts, photography and being outdoors as much as possible with my family and Roxy our woofer!
Gemma Meredith-Chapman – Project Worker
I joined Eastleigh Young Carers in October 2012 and have seen the project shape and grow. I love that we have a passionate team who offer a range of support and that we are always looking to improve the service we provide. My role is to meet all new families that want to join the project and to keep in touch with our Young Carers to make sure we are meeting all their and their family needs. If circumstances ever change or you want to talk to someone then please get in touch. Outside of work I enjoy reading a good book, yoga, being outdoors either in the garden, on walks or by the coast, and spending time with my little girl and my husband.