Jessica's story

Jessica's twin brothers attend Funtastic Children's Club

Jessica is 13 and a young Carer. Carl and Stacey, her Mum and Dad are also Carers to twin boys Daniel and Sam who are 10 and who have ASD and Global Development Delay.

Jessica loves her brothers and is more than happy to support her Mum and Dad with their caring responsibility. Jessica is just starting out her journey as a teenager and the path is not easy for most, but as a young Carer, Jessica is feeling increasingly alone.

Daniel and Sam are supported by the Crossroads Care Surrey Saturday Children’s Club, Funtastic. The club provides care for children with disability, complex needs and medical conditions which mean they require full-time care. The charity have access to a purpose built Mencap facility at Burview Hall, Walton-on-Thames and twins Daniel and Sam regularly attend to allow Jessica, Carl & Stacey a respite break.

The boys love Funtastic – after every Saturday visit, they express their enjoyment of the club each week through their actions. It is clear to see how happy they are, having thoroughly enjoyed every session. From the activities and entertainment; to the caring, loving support given to them by the trained staff at the club mean Jessica, Carl & Stacey can go off and enjoy their day knowing the boys are safe and cared for. It’s all about peace of mind.

Jessica really benefits from the one to one time she has with her Mum & Dad when the boys are at their club. It’s her special time to talk to her parents about school, friends and how she is feeling about her place in the family unit.

So, because of Crossroads Care Surrey, Jessica is able to get away and enjoy precious time with Mum and Dad. Most recently, Jessica enjoyed a fantastic day at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge Jessica and Stacey are featured above having spent time seeing Concorde.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
  • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
  • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.