If you are an unpaid carer, you can still access free Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs). From 18th April, you can order test kits in the usual way online by clicking this link: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests Or, if unable to order online, call 119 and tell them that you’re an unpaid carer who lives in Scotland.
EYC will be closed over Christmas and New Year, but you can still access support. EYC are taking a little break over the festive period to recharge our batteries, ready to come back and deliver a great service full of zest and ideas in 2022. We will be closed from 24th December and back in […]
As we all know, Flu and COVID-19 are both serious and at this time of year it is especially important to protect ourselves and those most vulnerable. NHS Scotland has launched a free online booking system for all unpaid carers, including young carers, to book their Flu abs and COVID-19 top-up vaccines. The site will […]
We have two new job vacancies at EYC: Young Carer Development Worker (Part Time – 17.5 hours) Finance & Administration Assistant (Part Time – 14 hours) Please visit our Vacancies page for more info!
Seasonal flu can be serious, even for children. You can help protect children and young people by getting them a free seasonal flu vaccination. Parents and guardians of 2-5 year olds will be sent an appointment letter in the post, whilst children of school age will be able to get their vaccinations in school, via […]
Schools gain award for going the extra mile to support young carers! Edinburgh Young Carers are thrilled to announce that four schools have been granted the We Care, Schools for Young Carers Award. Despite incredibly challenging circumstances, two schools in Edinburgh and a school in Fife have achieved the Award which celebrates good practice in […]
Carers Trust Scotland Research “Between November 2020 to May 2021, Carers Trust Scotland carried out research to understand the experiences and challenges that the pandemic led to in Scotland for unpaid carers, and consequently, carer support workers and carer services. Many unpaid carers found that they were spending more time caring, with less opportunity to […]
URGENT: Deadline is 30th June for those looking to gain Settlement status in UK – applies to children of foreign nationals even if they were born in the UK All EU/EEA/Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for Settled or Pre-Settled status by 30th June […]
Edinburgh Young Carers is pleased to launch our report Ask Me – I’m Here Too this Carers Week. This is a research and evaluation project into the lived experiences of young carers who are providing care for siblings with a long-term illness or disability. The findings in this report highlight the need for more understanding, […]
A change has been made to the current process for unpaid carers to register for the COVID vaccine. From 26th April, the current website to register through will close, and any unpaid carer under 30 years old should contact the Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
Have you got your Young Carer Statement? All young carers and young adult carers are entitled to a Young Carer Statement – an initiative which can help identify the right support for young carers and their families. To find out more about this or talk about getting YOUR Young Carer Statement, EYC young carers can […]
Information and support for schools for when pupils return Pupils will soon be returning to school in person after another, longer, lockdown, and many may find adjusting back to the school setting more difficult this time around, especially if they are also young carers. This guide may be useful if you are a school looking […]
Lockdown is tough. Use our handy guide to help support Young Carers during Lockdown
EYC are still here and taking referrals! Although the current lockdown means that we can’t operate in our usual way, we are still open, taking on new referrals and engaging with young carers remotely. Please read for more information:
Would you like to work with us? EYC currently have a vacancy for a Permanent, Part-Time Development Worker within our Drug & Alcohol Service team. We’re looking for a suitably experienced person who will be committed developing our Service and providing a high quality service to Young Carers in Edinburgh between the ages of 5 […]
Information for unpaid carers on the COVID vaccines Are you, or is somebody you know an unpaid carer that might want to know more about vaccination? The National Carer Organisations have drafted a joint FAQ about the COVID-19 Vaccines and information for unpaid carers. You can find this here: https://www.carersnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/It-can-be-downloaded-here.pdf
A beautiful card thanking us for our support from the lovely Niddrie Mill Primary School!
As we head back into the new school term, unfortunately, due to the new COVID restrictions, pupils will be at home learning online once more – but there is help! BBC are offering support for learning across TV and online platforms for students of all ages.
Calling all Young Carers, Parents and Guardians! Edinburgh’s Children’s Partnership is really eager to hear the views of Parents/Guardians and Carers across Edinburgh. If you are a Parent/Guardian or Young Carer and live in Edinburgh, they would like to hear how you coped during the initial COVID-19 lockdown period and how they can best respond […]
Would you like to work with us, or do you know someone that would? We have three brand new posts and several other vacancies at EYC. Please see our Vacancies page for full details. Partnership Young Carer Development Worker (FT) Partnership Operations & Development Officer (PT) Sibling Young Carer Development Worker (PT, Temp) Board of […]
Would you like to work with us? We currently have vacancies for Sessional Youth Workers, Volunteer Group Supporters and Board Members. Please see our Vacancies page for more info!
Information for young carers, parents and guardians EYC will be following the Scottish Government’s Test & Protect Guidance when we return to our face-to-face support delivery. This means that, if requested by NHS contact tracers, we will provide the names and telephone numbers of anyone who has had close contact with someone testing positive for […]
Last week, the Scottish Government announced that we are moving into Phase 3 of the route map out of the Coronavirus lockdown. What does that mean for EYC?
Looking after your mental health and general wellbeing is really important at at any time, and particularly important when the world feels a bit strange. Young Scot have produced some helpful resources under their ‘Aye Feel’ initiative for keeping on top of your mental wellbeing. Have a look at their site to see some positive […]
We know that young carers in Scotland are severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, but we need to raise more awareness. Help Carers Trust Scotland get your voice heard Coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on the lives of unpaid carers. A recent Carers UK survey found that 70% of carers are providing more care […]
The National Carer Organisations in Scotland have issued new guidance for Carers on how, when and who should get tested for Coronavirus Please click on the document for detailed information:
Our Spring update to Young Carer Co-ordinators throughout schools in Edinburgh
If your family have suffered a loss or are preparing for such a possibility, you may find this a helpful resource for talking to children and young people about it. Coping with loss is difficult at any age and time, and difficult news to deliver. The City of Edinburgh Psychological Services team have provided some […]
Advice for both young people and parents and guardians With schools closed during the Coronavirus pandemic, much of the world has had to adjust to a new way of learning and the challenges that come without having the structure of school. The guides below from City of Edinburgh Psychological Services give some helpful advice on […]
We need your help! Please encourage young carers aged 12-25 to complete this survey, which will help shape the Scottish Youth Parliament’s views and make the right changes needed for young carers in Scotland https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90236199/From-Scotland-s-Young-People-SYP-s-Manifesto-2021-2026
A helpful guide for families supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disabilities
Parents, carers and young people may be facing even more challenges than usual at the moment. Help is available to every family in Edinburgh. Please have a look at the list below for lots of useful information and contact numbers for any parents/guardians, young people and families that might be struggling at this time.
Food for Good is an initiative offering families a one-off delivery of nutritious meals for those most in need. If you are struggling to get out for food shopping and need to provide a meal for your family, click on the link below and fill out the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQSxTKDvjRH8j5q3gt7kT5wM4b8iSmhGCx1_HLG8x1-tWwYw/viewform
Find and offer help in your community SCVO launches helpful website for families and individuals If you are looking for information, advice, support or want to help out, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has launched a useful website where you’ll find lots of information: https://coronavirus.scvo.org/ Use their search option to find help with: […]
If you or your family would like some support with food over this time of isolation, Scran Academy are offering deliveries of free meals to homes that need it. Help offered Scran Academy and PrepTable are offering free nutritious and filling meals delivered to people’s homes: 3 days per week with a meal for every […]
Lots of families will be struggling at this time, juggling work and childcare and finances. If you are a ‘key worker’ and can’t stay at home with your children, or if your child would benefit from a free school meal whilst normal school service is suspended, please have a look at the list below to […]
As the global issue of Coronavirus develops, EYC have to make some changes to the service we provide to young carers now that we have further information from the government. The staff team at EYC will now be working from home and for everybody’s safety, we won’t be able to offer any face to face […]
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE Whilst Coronavirus is having an impact across the globe, EYC want to assure young carers and their families that we will still be providing a service as much as we are possibly able. While the schools are still open, we be running a limited service. Some small groups will continue to run and […]
https://scvo.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information-guidance/ Latest advice from SCVO
Edinburgh Young Carers are thrilled to announce that The Edinburgh Academy is the first school to gain the We Recognise, and We Develop We Care; Schools for Young Carers Award. By progressing to the We Develop stage, the Edinburgh Academy has demonstrated that they have built a solid whole-school approach to identifying and supporting young […]