Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest children’s charity and is commissioned by Kirklees Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups to deliver the Kirklees Young Carers service.

The service supports young people aged 8 to 18 years who care for a family member with a mental health problem, physical disability, long term illness or substance misuse problem.

The role of carer can be demanding for anybody, but young carers in particular often need to receive lots of support themselves.

That’s why Barnardo’s Kirklees are aiming to sign up local volunteers, aged 18 and over, who can befriend young carers, spend time with them and provide compassionate support.

This might involve activities like going to the park, bowling, cinema trips, museums or sometimes more practical support such as help with homework.

Befriending takes place on evenings and weekends, at mutually convenient times agreed between the young carer, their family and the volunteer.

Volunteer befrienders are really important in helping this group of young people. You will receive training in how to carry out the role effectively, as well as having any expenses reimbursed.

So, can you befriend a young carer and support them with the stresses and strains of their life?

For more information, please contact: Lucy Tomlin, Barnardo’s Volunteer Co-ordinator on: 0113 2491634 or by email: lucy.tomlin@barnardos.org.uk