We talk a lot about ‘respite’ – what does it actually mean? It is basically a break from caring. Respite can come in many forms but we know that young carers with no respite need some extra support and opportunities to get a break.
Groups provide an opportunity to have a break away from home, do something fun and to meet other young carers. The PKAVS groups are available to YCs who have little or no other respite opportunities. Groups run during term time and include things like arts and crafts, movies and games, plus plenty more. There is always a YC support worker on hand too if a YC needs some support. Places are offered by a support worker after the completion of a young carers statement.
Respite can also mean attending other groups and organised activities in your area. We work with other partners to support access to these.
PKAVS Respite Groups
Groups take place for primary ages. Age groups are split to make the sessions sociable and fun and allow plenty of opportunities to make new friends.
PKAVS groups take place in Blairgowrie; Crieff and Perth. We hope to develop new groups in other localities but in the meantime we support young carers to access other respite opportunities with other partners in the area they live in. During the COVID-19 pandemic opportunities are adapted to run in line with the current youth work guidance.
Groups take place during school term. Some will be arranged during school holidays based on need / demand.
How do you get involved
After a Young Carers Statement is completed, if it is identified that a young carer has limited or no respite each week, accessing an appropriate group will be discussed. This might be a PKAVS group or another local activity / group.