Jake is aged 10 and is a young carer who lives at home with his dad Kevin, who has alcohol issues. Jake takes on a lot of responsibility at home and the two of them have become isolated from other family members and their local community.
Jake was constantly worrying about his dad and had started to find himself becoming more and more anxious about his life and in particular his upcoming move to a new school. Because Jake has to spend most of his time at home with his dad, he didn’t have many friends and often felt lonely.
With the Foundation support, our project partner Carers Trust runs a programme called ‘Time to Find ME!’. This is a series of workshops helping young carers to think about who they are, manage their feelings, look at their aspirations and become friends with other children in similar situations, giving them the opportunity to just be children again.
Jake took part in three workshops and was able to speak about his feelings which helped him enormously. He was also thrilled to meet other young carers of the same age, some of whom are already at his new school. They have been helping Jake feel a bit less worried about the next big step in his young life.