What is Positive Changes?
Positive Changes is a programme for young carers to support their mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. If you’re going through a difficult time or are struggling with how you’re feeling, the young carer team is here to help with your needs.
What is ‘Wellbeing’?
Wellbeing is described as the quality of your life. It is a changing feeling that is improved when we can fulfil our personal and social goals. It is measured in many different ways and it is the things we do and say that helps us improve our wellbeing.
How can it help?
Positive Changes is not counselling; it is important for you to talk to someone if you feel you need that level of support. Positive Changes supports young carers with their emotional resilience and confidence. We have a number of activities that we can use to guide you in improving your wellbeing. Each session is tailored to you, if you want to do work sheets or just have a chat, we are there to support your needs.
How do I start Positive Changes?
Speak to a member of the young carer team and they can discuss the details with you and arrange a plan to get started.
How long are the sessions?
First we like to meet with you to discuss support and make a plan. Initially the sessions run for six weeks for one hour at a time. However, if you feel that is too long or too short, it can be reviewed.
Make a referral
This form will allow you to self-refer to Carers Link or refer someone else you think might benefit from our young carer services.
Young Carer Statement
As a Young Carer you are entitled to a Young Carers Statement. The purpose of this is to identify your needs and how these affect your wellbeing, and to plan for the future.
Young Carer Rights
As a young carer or a young adult carer you have a right to be supported and to get the help you need. You have these rights whether you look after someone every day or from time to time, or if you do a lot of or a little caring.
We are normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00 pm, but appointments (by phone or online) out with these hours can be arranged. Currently mail is not being picked up from the office on a regular basis so if possible please email or phone us. During evenings and weekends, if you or someone you know requires urgent social work support, please call 0800 811 505.