GAMH Young Carers Project provides support to young people aged 12-21 caring for a family member with a mental health problem. The service has been in operation since 2000 and is funded by NHSGG&C and the Big Lottery. The project sits within the Glasgow Association for Mental Health which provides community based support to people affected by mental health problems.
Why we exist
The primary aim of the project is to improve young people’s resilience, confidence and life chances in a safe and supportive environment. The project is based around getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) to help build on the SHNAARRI principles which are: Safe, Healthy, Nurtured, Active, Achieving, Respected, Responsible & Included.
What we do
The project offers one to one support and a group work programme.
One to one support
This is time limited and aimed at supporting young people who are experiencing difficult issues and who need additional help outwith a group setting One to One is available as and when required
An example of 1-1 partnership working and family based intervention can be found in our Aspirations-and-Achievements.
We run weekly groups across Glasgow which act as time out for young people. Groups are split in terms of age ranges and focus on social and recreational activities which often the young carers miss out on due to their caring responsibilities. Groups offer peer support and sessions can range from physical activity, creative arts, and health & wellbeing workshops.
- Groups for 12-15 years
- Groups for 16-18 years
- Groups for 19-21 years
SPECIFIC PROGRAMMES AND INITIATIVES
We also run a parallel programme of activities which we often do in partnership with other agencies. These activities focus on promoting specific skills which every young person should have access to to improve their life chances. Examples of recent programmes have been:
Employability and Life Chance Initiative: 16+ are supported by a careers advisor to identify aspirations and skills needed in work, further education & training using Work Star.
Family Based Interventions: we deliver Positive Parenting Programmes, Scottish Mental Health First Aid (Adult & Young Persons version), Wellbeing and Mindfulness Sessions. We have also recently worked with our Later Life services in a collaborate intergenerational initiative.
Season for Growth Programme: This is an innovative programme which aims to promote emotional wellbeing using the seasons as a metaphor to discuss grief, loss and separation. This programme is delivered to young carers, parents and family members.
HOW DO WE KNOW OUR SUPPORT IS EFFECTIVE
Our GIRFEC evaluation tools have been developed with the help of Glasgow Educational Psychology Services. This tool measures young people’s motivation and sense of wellbeing using subcategories of GIRFEC.
We are continuously looking at how we can improve our service to young people by involving them in consultations and spending time gathering research to help us to understand the issues relating to young people and the interventions and solutions which need to develop our practice approach.
Examples of our research:
REFERRAL ROUTE AND REFERRAL CRITERIA
The project The project can take referrals directly from family members and other key agencies such as
- GAMH Adult Service Centres
- Social Work( Children & Families)
- Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Generic Carers Services
- Voluntary Organisations
- Youth Groups
- Family Members
- Self referrals
For a referral pack or any additional information please contact:
Young Carers Project
Glasgow Association for Mental Health
11 Dava Street
Telephone: 0141 425 4850