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Young Adult Carers (YACs)
The weekly group for 16 - 25 year olds runs on a Thursday evening. We do a wide range of things from training, team building, cookery and lots more. The members of the group plan the activities that they would like to do, everyone is friendly and welcoming and it is a great place to get to know other Young Adult Carers.
If you would like to come along to the group contact us and we'll let you know what we are up to that week. If transport is a problem don't worry, just let us know and we'll see if we can arrange a pick up.
Feeling nervous?! Don't worry - It is often hard to join a new group especially when you don't know anybody. Just get in touch with the Young Carers team and we will arrange to meet up with you for a chat first to make it easier.
"Hi, my name is Danielle and I'm 18. I work part-time and I am a carer for my Dad and younger sister Kirsty.
I first joined the weekly group because I was told that the group would be totally different from what it was like at school. From year 8 when people at school found out that I was a young carer I was bullied, from then until the last day of school I got rude names and comments shouted at me. Due to this I lost all of my confidence and convinced myself I was not a carer. When I got to college I didn't tell anybody about my home life. I found college a lot easier than school. Shortly after I finished college my mam contacted Sunderland Carers' Centre and the Young Carers' Workers came out to speak to me and my younger sister Stephanie (aged 11).
A couple of weeks later I decided to go to the weekly group. The first time I went I felt a bit awkward and out of place. Even though I felt like this all of the other young people made me feel really welcome by talking to me and including me in the group.
A couple of months down the line and I now feel very comfortable talking to the other Young Adult Carers and I enjoy their company. Going to the group is slowly helping me to build up my confidence and it has given me so many different opportunities."
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|"Confidence is a big thing if you don't have any. For me growing up I didn't have much. I would hide under tables and wouldn't say boo to a goose.
I attended a media training course for a day with Sunderland young Carers and wow it helped me loads.
Over the years my confidence has grew. I spoke on national tv and even stood up in front of people sharing my experience as a young carer and telling my story.
Confidence is a great learning curve and we all learn something new every day. For me the biggest achievement is asking for help from social services which to many is a scary thought. It's one of the biggest steps me and my family have took. After many years of been somewhat scared of the process it's been the best thing ever. It's hard being a Young Adult Carer looking after someone and just to be yourself too.
I found my confidence and I want to show you it's a great thing and learn from it because once YOU are happy with your family receiving care from care workers you can enjoy life just like me and one day you never know you to could enjoy an adventure in Africa just like I did :) "