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Welcome to South and Vale Young Carers

Important News About How We are Helping Oxfordshire’s Carers!!

Since 1 June 2016 South & Vale Carers is concentrating exclusively on supporting Young Carers up to 25 years of age. By doing this, we believe we can ensure our charitable expertise has the most positive impact upon the maximum number of families & futures across the county.

Background to Change

The Care Act 2014 placed increased responsibilities on local authorities to provide support which carers need. We can report that Oxfordshire County Council and their chosen charity partners, have ably risen to the challenge of providing assessments, information, advice and guidance to carers and their loved ones. We are increasingly confident of their ability to deliver services very similar to the ones upon which we have built our own excellent reputation.

Looking Forward

We feel it would be wrong of us to use generous public donations to almost duplicate a statutory service. However, we are now presented with an exciting opportunity to re-focus our charitable capacity and expertise into an under-resourced area which we know to be of huge importance for your communities.

Young Carers

The young people of Oxfordshire are the ones with the biggest potential contribution to make to our community, its future wealth and wellbeing. However, we know from our own experience and national surveys, that even the most willing Young Carer shoulders responsibilities which can have a disproportionate impact upon their education, social development and future potential. We believe that neither current statutory, nor charitable provision in Oxfordshire is delivering the support that our Young Carers need to unlock their potential, before reinvesting it in themselves, their families and their communities.
Moving forward we will seek to help Young Carers to do the things they previously could not. We will offer a wide range of practical, educational, emotional and social support which will include:

  • Practical advice, guidance and help for their caring role
  • Mentoring and Peer Support
  • Education and Training support
  • Down time and Fun time – a chance to unwind and enjoy being young!


Transfer of Support

Some of our existing customers may have concerns about this transition. However, please be assured we will do everything in our power to make sure that OCC and their partners are aware of your own and your loved one’s situation, concerns and priorities. A list of the other organisations that operate locally to deliver support, advice and guidance, together with a number of useful websites is available here. Also, an information sheet to help those migrating from Disabled Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independent Payment (PIP) is available to download here.

Help us to support more Young Carers

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for donors and supporters to invest in the future of our youth and our county. We are entirely reliant on donations, grants and fund-raising for our work to support Young Carers. Please help us. You can offer support in a number of ways:

  • Become a member of the Centre!
  • Do a fundraising event or personal challenge for South and Vale Young Carers (we can support you in whatever you do, please get in touch)
  • Become a corporate partner – local businesses of any size or type can help us to transform young people’s lives and future prospects!
  • Make a donation using the button below or at the top of the page

Local Giving

South & Vale Carers on Facebook

We are always so excited to hear about the incredible achievements of the young carers that we support and were unbelievably proud when we heard about Emily's success last weekend. Emily is a keen gymnast and took part in a Level 5 competition at Abingdon Gymnstics Club last Sunday where she received 3 golds and one bronze!! Wow!!
1st overall
1st on the beam
1st on the floor
3rd on the bars

Apparently, Emily was shocked to receive these medals but was delighted after working so hard. Congratulations and well done, Emily. I'm sure we will see Emily as part of Team GB in years to come!!

#befreeyc #youngcarers #gymnastics #gold #celebratingtalent
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On average, how much time a week do you spend caring?

  • Full time 24 hours a day (79%, 19 Votes)
  • A couple of days a week (13%, 3 Votes)
  • 1 or 2 hours a day (8%, 2 Votes)
  • 1 day every week (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Contacting South and Vale

Advice Hours: 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday. Home & office visits by appointment to suit you! Closed Mondays. t. 01235 838 554 e:

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Company registration number 2989722
Registered charity number 1042708

Vale of White Horse District Council South Oxfordshire District Council

With thanks to all our funders including South Oxfordshire District Council