Shine – shining a light on hidden young carers in Manchester and Salford.
Funded by the Big Lottery, Shine is our service for young carers across Salford and Manchester. The work and added pressure of being young carer often goes unnoticed, leading to times of intense stress, isolation and not knowing where to turn. Our support provides a listening ear, life tools, knowledge and a boost of confidence to live better more fulfilled lives.
Our aim is simple – to work with young carers in schools, colleges or wherever they may be; offering one to one support, activities and opportunities for personal growth. Offering young carers assessments and vital information and engagement via new young carers specific technology.
What do we want to achieve?
Gaddum have nearly 200 years of experience of supporting the people of Greater Manchester. Gaddum’s Shine project will empower young carers to realise their amazing skills and abilities and recognise how they can apply this to other areas of their lives, such as college, university, apprenticeships, personal growth. Ultimately, young carers will develop a sense of pride for the amazing things that they do every day by caring for a loved one.
Things can only get better across our communities if we work in partnership. Shine will provide training to help educate professionals on how to identify and support young carers. We will also work with community assets; developing culturally aware materials and partnerships to better support BAME young carers. In sharing our knowledge on what makes young carers special we will support communities to create new and lasting opportunities as young carers grow.
To find out more information about the project or if you want to find out about the referral process you can get in touch with us at; firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a young carer living in Manchester you can also visit Manchester City Council’s, Help and Support website for additional advice, information and support.
Young Carers Rights Resource
Gaddum have been working closely with Manchester City Council, Our Manchester, Be Bothered campaign and a number of local organisations to create Young Carers Know Your Rights.
This is an easy to read booklet which helps young carers to understand their rights and the rights of those that they care for.
‘As a Young Carer you have the right to access facilities that will make life easier for both you and those you are caring for. Ask about your rights.’