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.
You can download our latest Young Carers Leaflet
Or view our latest newsletter here.
What we do…
- Activity Nights
- Bespoke Family Support
- Day Trips
- Family days
- Home visits
- Information and signposting
- Life skill Workshops
- Peer Mentors
- Residential Breaks
- School Drop-ins
- School Assemblies
- One to Ones
- Young Carers Choir (supported by Eastleigh Rotary)
We are constantly looking for fundraising opportunities to help us raise funds for our project to enable us to continue to support our young people in the best way possible. This includes applying to grants big and small, hosting fundraising events, and supporting those who wish to fund-raise for us to do so. You can donate to the project here, and if you know of some funding which may be appropriate, or would like to do some fund-raising for us, please contact us on 023 8090 2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer with us!
We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team! You can enquire further by contacting One Community’s Volunteer Centre. Read more about the opportunities we are currently promoting below:
A little peak at what the choir get up to:
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
Kylie Barton – Assistant Manager
I joined One Community in May 2014 as a researcher completing several reports for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on social issues. Since starting I have sat within the young carers team and therefore have grown very fond of the project. I soon became a regular volunteer, stepped in on trips when we were short on staff, and deputised for Jo. I helped create the young carers choir, which is something I really enjoy. I was offered the Assistant Manager role in August 2016 and am looking forward to helping develop the project further. Part of my role will be representing the project at multi-agency meetings, advocacy, handling new referrals, and improving our digital presence. The team is fantastic and I feel really lucky to be a part of it. In my spare time I am a freelance writer, involved in activism, politics, and will soon be doing my Masters degree in Public Policy with a focus on Climate Change. I am obsessed with Lady Gaga and have just turned vegan!
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 – Project Worker
I joined the team in July 2015. My role includes conducting home visits, visiting schools for 121’s sessions, the outcome star, and drawing and talking. I’m very proud to work for such a fantastic project that puts so much energy and passion into providing as many opportunities as possible for young carers. Likes are spending time with family, animals especially cats, reading and learning new things.
Donna Stroud – Emotional Support Worker
I have worked for the project since April 2014. I support Young Carers who have been identified as being in higher need and maybe experiencing more challenging times. I work with young carers on their emotional needs through one-to-ones in schools, drawing and talking, and other therapeutic activities. I am currently training as an ELSA. 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 run our life skills programme, as well as to work with volunteers and partners to create opportunities for our young people. 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.
Katharine (Kay) Burton – Activities Coordinator
I joined the team in December 2016. My role is to find, organise and plan exciting activities and trips for the young people who access Eastleigh Young Carers Project. It’s lovely to see young people enjoying themselves, trying new experiences and making new friends.In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and dogs. I also love to make puppets, not always successfully but I enjoy the craft all the same.
Jo & her team speak candidly about their roles and the support they provide for Young Carers:
Contact the team!
Telephone 023 8090 2465