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VAWK Impact Report 2014-15

VAWK Impact Report 2014-15

12 Jun 2014


To view our new and exciting 2014 Impact Report please click here

 

Play our 500 Club Lottery

Play our 500 Club Lottery

24 Jun 2013

Please Play our 500 Club Lottery and help support our projects. 

Today we had our 1 6th 500 club draw! Congratulations to Mandy who won £50! Also to Jane who won £20 & Daisy, Rita and Gill who all won £10!

 

The Kent Volunteers Advisory Group's Newletter

10 Jun 2013

The Kent Volunteers Advisory Group’s newsletter, Get Involved, has lots of inspirational stories and information about volunteering across Kent. VAWK is thrilled to see Weekend Fun Clubs, Safe, 121 Young Carers and Business in the Community included.

 
 
 

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"I was feeling quite stressed and just needed time out for myself. I joined the 121 Young Carers Project and i've found it much easier to cope - it's good to have other people my own age to share problems with."

A young carer
 
 
 
 
 
 

Who is a Young Carer?

Young Carers are a child or young person looking after a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health issues, or drug and alcohol issue. Young Carers take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would be the same as an adult carer.

What does a Young Carer do?

The caring can involve physical care such as personal care for a parent, giving medication, helping someone get up, get dressed or to get around. Or it could mean providing emotional support for someone who has a mental health problem or substance addiction. In addition, many Young Carers are also responsible for looking after younger brothers and sisters and household chores, including budgeting and managing money.

 
 
 

How can their caring role affect them?

Invisible Young Carers that have not been identified can become frustrated by the pressures they are under, this can lead to a domino effect including tiredness, loneliness, disruption in school and often low attendance, most importantly no time to be a child or young person or simply to have fun and relax.

What can 121 Young Carers do to help?

They support Young Carers aged 8-18 in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley by providing;

  • Home visits
  • Meet other young people in similar situations
  • Positive group activities and outings e.g. to the theatre, Bowling, Ice Skating
  • Regular Chill Clubs
  • Workshops e.g.  emotional wellbeing, self-esteem, money management
  • Opportunity to join the 121 Young Carers Forum
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Details

Voluntary Action Within Kent
17-19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent,
TN1 1LS

Telephone:
01892 530330
Fax:
01892 532539
Email:
info@vawk.org.uk

Offices also throughout Kent and Medway

Registered charity number 1108388
Registered company number 5354482