Warrington Carers’ Centre
Come and visit us at 86 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SG
Adult Carers Service
This service is for Carers who without payment help or support a relative, child, neighbour or friend who because of illness, disability, frailty or addiction is unable to manage alone.
Adults Carers Service provides a focal point for carers in Warrington and gives carers a chance to influence local services for carers.
- Drop-in venues throughout the borough
- Information on the help and support available to carers
- A signposting and referral service
- The opportunity to talk confidentially with a carer support worker
- Gp Liaison & Hospital Discharge Service
- Free Counselling
- Free Emergency Card
- Quarterly Newsletter
- Therapy sessions
- Carers awareness training
- A range of social events
The vision for Warrington’s Carers Strategy is that by 2018; Carers will be universally recognised and valued as being fundamental to strong families and stable communities. Support will be tailored to meet individuals needs, enabling carers to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities and life outside caring, while enabling the person they support to be a full and equal citizen.
The strategy has been developed through consultation with the main agencies and organisations in Warrington (including Wired) that provide support to carers and has been developed alongside the priorities identified as part of the joint strategic needs assessment for the general population of Warrington. Most importantly the strategy has been based on the ideas and views of carers themselves. It was developed using a citizen-led approach, through consultation and the active involvement of carers. The strategy and latest action plan is available for download at the right of this page.
The service operates in Warrington for Adult carers and former carers
We offer confidential counselling to adult carers and former carers. Initially six sessions are offered with a review and the possibility of extending to twelve sessions. The service in Warrington uses the Centre as a venue.
Young Carers Service
Who is a Young Carer?
A Young Carer is a child or young person aged 18 years or under who helps to look after a family member who has a disability, mental health condition, illness, or a substance misuse problem.
Helping may be a normal part of growing up, however, this group of young people regularly carry out significant or substantial caring tasks and assume a level of responsibility which would normally be associated with an adult.
Often Young Carers are hidden. They may not think of themselves as carers, and may not be recognised as such by other people like friends, teachers, GPs and even other family members. Young Carers can be of any age, gender, ethnicity or from any cultural background.
Some examples of the different ways a Young Carer might care for someone include:
- Providing personal care, helping someone to get up, washed or dressed
- Doing lots of household chores like cleaning, shopping or cooking
- Looking after younger brothers or sisters
- Providing emotional support
- Keeping an eye on someone and staying home a lot of the time to make sure someone is ok
Many young carers enjoy their responsibilities, however, there is also evidence that it can have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing. Young Carers can feel socially isolated, missing out on opportunities that are available to their peers due to the additional caring they take on. It has been shown that Young Carers struggle in school, are more likely to become NEET and are often bullied for being different.
Wired work to support Young Carers in Warrington by:
- Providing Young Carers with one:one emotional support. This can take place at a location of the Young Carers choice e.g. home, school or somewhere else
- Advocacy - ensuring Young Carers voices are heard and that their views, wishes, issues and feelings are taken into consideration in matters or decisions that affect their lives
- Support in meetings e.g. Family Support, Children in Need, Child Protection and school meetings
- Liaising with schools so that teachers can better suppot their students
- Consultation with Young Carers to shape the service
- Alleviate and reduce inappropriate caring responsibilities by assisting the Young Carer and their family to access additional support
- Weekly drop-ins at various venues accross Warrington. Providing respite from their caring role with an opportunity to meet other Young Carers, access peer support, make friends, try a new activity and have fun!
- Emergency Contact Card providing peace of mind for, and identification of the Young Carer
- Trips and activities
Wired Young Carers service advertise all news and events in a quarterly newsletter and events calendar.
Wired Young Carers service welcomes referrals from Young Carers, Parents and professionals. They always require consent from the Young Carer before a referral can be made and, if the Carer is aged under 14, then parental consent must be obtained.
The Young Carers Team can also provide advice and guidance for professionals, please contact the team for more information.
Phone: 01925 633 492 Text: 07912 581 868 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like any more information about this service please call freephone 0800 731 6941 or 01925 633492