Helping young adult carers reach their potential

We’ve had a fantastic residential weekend at Thorpe Woodlands near Thetford helping 11 Young Adult Carers (16 to 24 yrs) to reach their potential.

The group took part in the GOALs programme which is a 2-day motivational course delivered by Norwich LEAP. The GOALs motto is ‘more of what you want, less of what you don’t want’ and it teaches young people a variety of practical ways in which they can improve or create success in their lives.

The main thing in life that separates successful from unsuccessful people is ACTION. GOALs.

Young Adult Carers may have extra responsibilities or face additional challenges to their friends. Our Transitions project aims to help each young person balance their caring responsibilities with the rest of their lives. We can offer someone to talk to, regular socials and days out, family support and advice.

So what did our young adult carers learn while on the residential? Here is some of the feedback our young adult carers gave after the GOALS course:

 It’s changed the way I think.

It’s made me think about the situation at home and how I can improve it.

It might be hard to get out of your comfort zone. It sucks ..but it might be worth it.

If doing little bad habits everyday can build up, so can doing little good things, building positive habits.

If there’s something I like/want, I have to work harder to get there.

Our Young People’s Services Manager Catherine Bibb says, “It’s a really challenging programme – you have to really look at yourself and question some of what you’re doing and the decisions you’re making. It’s not easy.

The Young Adult Carers did a fantastic job and it was amazing to see so many of them get so much out of the programme. Because they all have individual support workers, they will have ongoing support to put in practice the tools they’ve learned and to reach the goals they’ve set.”

For more information about how we might be able to help a young person you know who is looking after a family member  – please contact our Norwich office on 01603 219924.