Creative, inspiring and flexible programme for young carers

Section: Self Management and Co-Production HubType: Case Study

Today celebrates Young Carers Awareness Day, below Elaine from Realize Your Potential showcases their work with young carers.

Realize Your Potential (RYP) was set up by myself and my husband Tommy in August 2010. We work to create and facilitate personal and social development programs and training to young carers and young adult carers. Together, we have 13 years’ experience in working with a wide variety of different ages and groups and have a history or delivering activities and sessions carers within Dumfries and Galloway. The range of programs and activities that we offer aim to inspire, support and enable children and young people to realize their own unique potential.

We are a Community Interest Company funded by the Transforming Self Management in Scotland Fund and work in partnership with Carers Trust Scotland to deliver their RYP – QUEST project to Young Adult Carers across Scotland.

It’s a creative, inspiring and flexible programme of self management training and activities aimed at Young Carers and Young Adult Carers who are needing support with identifying:

  • Where they feel they are presently at in life.
  • What skills, talents and qualities they have.
  • What they would like to do and how to get there.
  • Overcoming challenges and obstacles that may be in the way.

We engage in a very positive way with the Young Adult Carers and their Carer Services and some of the feedback from them has been very inspiring and continues to support the ongoing development and expansion of delivering self management skills to as many Young Adult Carers as possible.

Feedback from Young Adult Carers who have participated so far includes:

“More confident in dealing with hardship”

 “Helped me feel more excited for the future”

“It has helped me to come out of my shell and more willing to challenge myself”

“Increased my confidence and like YES…I want to live”

“Experiencing the world in a way I never thought I would”

 “After engaging with the group, I feel more independent: I am now able to take the bus by myself which has proven to be an immense convenience to myself and my family”

“I am now very confident and active and have lots of new friends”

We have so many amazing statements like this…we believe self management is all about getting yourself right…so that the positive effects of this approach can impact on your own desires and aspirations as well as rippling out to family, other people and the world around you.

To find out more, please visit us on Facebook and like our page at: https://www.facebook.com/RealizeYourPotentialQuest/ (this link will take you away from our website)

Young Carers Awareness Day is a Carers Trust Initiative, please visit the following link for more information on how you can support:

Young Carers Awareness Day 2018 | Carers Trust  (this link will take you away from our website)