Young Carers Development Trust (YCDT) are a charity that supports Young Carers. Young Carers are children and young people who care for someone, often at home, with a disability, long-term illness, problems with addiction or their mental health. They often have much more responsibility than their peers, frequently looking after the running of the home and their loved ones. This means they miss out on opportunities and life chances that are available to other young people. Statistically, Young Carers are twice as likely to suffer from mental health problems themselves, obtain two or more grades lower than their peers at GCSE (in each subject!) and are doubly as likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) after year 11. We are currently aiming to fight this for Young Carers living in Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
The primary way YCDT support Young Carers in the South West is through a long-term mentoring programme. YCDT are currently looking for new Development Managers (mentors) to help support our Young Carers. It is an exciting time of growth for the charity and we are looking for a diverse network of volunteers to offer their time to support Young Carers with their education and aspirations.
YCDT Development Managers support Young Carers from their GCSE year right up until their first year at university or equivalent. This support looks different for each Young Carer but has often involved organising tutoring (using YCDT budget), accompanying Young Carers to open days, supporting them to complete college or university applications and helping them to unlock their potential and improve their prospects. Development Managers are provided with the training, tools and support to help complete their Young Carers’ Action Plans.
We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and sensitive when working with Young People. Experience or knowledge of the affect of caring is desirable, but empathy is a must. An understanding of the various educational routes a young person can take at 16 and 18 would be useful, but volunteers are supported in this area by the Youth Work Manager. If you have a real passion for raising aspirations of Young Carers and the practical skills and personal qualities to do so, we’d love to hear from you. The monthly time commitment is roughly 4 hours per month, either by phone or face-to-face. The Trust pays an honorarium to Development Managers, as well as reimbursing travelling expenses. The honorarium depends on the level of support provided, up to a maximum of £500 per Young Carer per annum. All candidates will be DBS checked.
If you’d be interested in becoming a Development Manager please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you’d like more information, please do get in touch.