Megan was referred to Young Carers Project at 10 years old. Megan’s mum suffers from mental ill health and often spends weeks at a time in hospital. Megan spent a lot of time at home helping out with her younger brother (4 years old) particularly when mum was going through a ‘bad patch’; she also helped out with household chores and cooking.

Megan stared working with YCP and quickly joined the Carrot group, there she made new friends.  Megan set herself goals during 1:1’s. One was to be less isolated and do more fun stuff with other kids. With support from her key worker she managed to get involved with youth groups in her area which related to her interests of art and skating.

Megan worried about her mum and didn’t really understand her illness. Her second goal meant Megan focused on learning about her mum’s illness and went on to take part in a project which tackled stigma around mental health. This was a six month project and gave Megan a better understanding of how things were for her mum which in turn helped Megan to cope with her own feelings and her caring role.

Megan has also attended and enjoyed residential trips, the Scottish National Young Carers Festival and taken part in many activities she had never done before, including camping, cooking and outdoor sports.  As part of her support she has completed a total of six Dynamic Youth Awards.

Megan has since finished 1:1 work due to having achieved all of her goals.  She is now in the older group and still regularly attends group nights, events and trips.

  • Supported by BBC Children in Need

Young Carers Project, Seagate House, 132-134 Seagate, Dundee, DD1 2HB

01382 200422 [email protected].uk
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