Welcome to South and Vale Carers
Important News About How We are Helping Oxfordshire’s Carers!!
From 1 June 2016 South & Vale Carers will be 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.
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.
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!
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS A YOUNG CARER WHO NEEDS THIS SORT OF SUPPORT – THEN PLEASE GET IN TOUCH >>>>
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 (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