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August 2022 Newsletter - Young Carers

In this update

  • Children's Commissioner for England's Blogpost
  • Vaccinations for carers
  • My Place, My Views
  • Young Carers Alliance
  • Hamoaze House Fun Day
  • The Uniform Store Plymouth
  • Study of adolescent young carers aged 15-17
  • New online hub for cost of living support
  • Share your stories with us
  • Useful links
  • Share your stories with us

Welcome to our latest newsletter, which we hope you find useful and informative. If there's a colleague or another provider in your network that you think would like to receive the newsletter, please feel free to forward it onto them.

Please let us know if you have anything you would like us to share or publicise in a future issue.


Children's Commissioner for England's Blogpost

Read the latest blog post by the Children's Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, outlining why schools should have a young carers champion.

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Vaccinations for carers

We have been calling for unpaid carers to be included in the JCVI's guidance for flu and COVID booster jabs. It's fantastic news that carers aged 16-49 and everyone aged 50+ has now been included in the final guidance for autumn vaccinations.

COVID-19 rates have also been on the rise again. If you're concerned about the recent increase, you may find these tips and ideas on keeping safe helpful.

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My Place, My Views

Plymouth City Council, working in partnership with South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council, have launched a new consultation asking residents what they like about their neighbourhood and what could be improved.

Anyone who fills out the survey can opt into a raffle with gift vouchers of up to £100 as prizes. These can be spent across a range of dining, entertainment and experiences across the South Hams, West Devon and Plymouth.

The comments will help shape important future conversations about the Joint Local Plan.

If you want to contact the Joint Local Plan team, please email

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Young Carers Alliance

Membership of the Young Carers Alliance is open both to organisations and individuals.

It is free and provides regular briefings and high-quality online workshops.

Carers leads would be well advised to sign up for this free service.

Find out more about the Young Carers Alliance

Attached is a paper on Football and Young Carers which highlights a low-cost, high-impact method of raising awareness of young carers' needs and enhancing the support available to them.

During Carers Week, the Children's Commissioner for England and others highlighted plans that will see schools register where pupils are acting as young carers.

This change is certainly very welcome but to be fully effective, there also needs to be monitoring of activities in social care; to see what happens as a result of schools identifying young carers.

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Hamoaze House Fun Day

This year's fun day takes place on 31 August between 11 am and 3 pm at Hamoaze House, Mount Wise, PL1 4QJ.

 We would love to see you on the day.

If anyone wishes to have a small tabletop sale at our event, please email

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The Uniform Store Plymouth

The Uniform Store Plymouth is a free service for families to kit out their children for school.

The Summer Pop-Up shop in Plymouth City Centre is open throughout the school summer holidays; every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm.

This year's location is 35 New George Street, Plymouth City Centre, PL1 4RW (between Tesco & Menkind).

For more information, please email

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Study of adolescent young carers aged 15-17

The first cross-national study of adolescent young carers aged 15-17 in six European countries

For the first time, this article will provide a cross-national profile of adolescents who provide unpaid care to their ill or disabled family members in six European countries with varying levels of awareness, policy and service provision regarding adolescent young carers.

Using an online survey, 2,099 adolescent young carers were identified in Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

This article focuses on the impact of unpaid care on their mental health, well-being, physical health and education. Their preferences for informal and formal support were also examined.

These ground-breaking findings help promote a 'rights' approach to adolescent young carers, which can serve as a critical driver for supportive policy creation on both a country-specific and pan-European level.

To read the study, please download the attached Adolescent Young Carers Study PDF document.


New online hub for cost of living support

The rising cost of living means many families are finding things tough at the moment.

Rising household bills can be a real worry but remember help is available for those who are struggling.

We've put together a help hub on our website to help families find the support they need. It signposts a wide range of support - from welfare benefits such as universal credit to where to get help with gas and electricity bills.

The hub also includes information on help with council tax, housing costs and how to access food banks, as well as how to contact voluntary organisations working across the city.

View the cost of living hub

Please share the link on your social media channels and within your personal and professional networks.


Share your stories with us

Do you have any good news stories or information that you would like to share with the wider Young Carers Network in Plymouth?

Please email with your suggestions.

We'd love to share all the amazing things you are doing!

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This page was last updated on 1 December 2022.

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