What we do

Exploration

All new young carers are invited to our Young Carers Exploration Programme (Getting to Know You). This 5 week programme introduces the young carers to the team and also enables them to meet new friends in a smaller setting. 

Throughout the programme we explore their caring role, their role within the family and provide tools and wellbeing boxes to help them cope. Our programme improves the wellbeing of the young carers and increases their self esteem and confidence, providing them tools for the future. 

The programme runs weekly on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon 4:30pm – 6pm. (the young carer will only join one of these sessions and is for 5 weeks)

Once the programme has been completed the young carers are then invited to our respite activities.

Location: Winklebury Youth Project, Winklebury, Basingstoke (next to the Hampshire FA) 

To join the programme a referral to the charity must be made by either a professional or family member. To refer online please click here

Respite Activities

Basingstoke & District Young Carers provides the facility for young carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities. We currently run our sessions on a Monday in partnership with RMD Adventure Learning and a Thursday at the  following times:

Mondays
(Years 10, 11 & college)
 6:30pm to 8:30pm (this is open access and friends are allowed to join)
Location: The Orchard Community Cafe, The Orchard, White Hart Lane, Basingstoke, RG21 4AF

Thursdays (Bi Weekly)
(School Year: 4,5,6) 4:30pm to 6pm
(Years 7,8,9) 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Winklebury Youth Project, Winklebury, Basingstoke (next to the Hampshire FA) 

To join the groups a referral to the charity must be made by either a professional or family member. To refer online please click here

Family Support

Our approach is whole family thinking. We need to ensure that the whole family are getting the support they need. Once a referral has been received we will offer a home visit or a phone support session to establish what level of support the family are receiving.

Once this is established we will agree an action plan together to ensure that all support options have been considered and implemented. We are there to not only support the young person undertaking the caring role but to also support the adults in the family including extended family to ensure the family unit have everything in place that they need.