Can you offer free taxi service to a young carer?

Can you offer free taxi service to a young carer?

 

For many young carers across the county asking Mum or Dad for a free “taxi service” to a club or other activity is not an option.  Would you be able to volunteer instead?  

West Sussex County Council is looking for volunteers who can help ensure these young people don’t miss out on the opportunities many others take for granted.

They need volunteers a for just a few hours a week during term time to provide transport for a young carer who would otherwise be unable to attend groups, clubs or activities.

A young carer is someone who takes on responsibilities at home because someone in their family has a disability, has been ill for a long time, experiences mental ill health, or has a problem linked to drugs or alcohol.

Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, Peter Evans, said: “Being a young carer can often mean that taking part in activities or attending clubs becomes difficult, leaving the young person isolated.

“By helping them to get out and about we can increase their self-confidence and self-esteem, help them make new friends and provide opportunities to try new things.”

Volunteers need a full clean driving licence and their own fully-insured car.  They will need good communication skills and sensitivity to the needs of young carers.

Typically they will give around three hours a week during term time for a minimum of 12 months.

Volunteers will need to have a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service and provide two references.

If you think you could help a young carer and would like further information please call 01903 270300 or email youngcarers@westsussex.gov.uk for an application pack.

Full training and supervision is provided and travel costs and agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

The closing date for applications is Friday June 28th 2013.