The Young Carers Development Trust is a registered charity which tackles the lack of opportunity experienced by many young carers due to their caring responsibilities.
On average each year 48 school days (10 weeks) are missed or cut significantly short because of their caring roles. Children who are young carers miss out on all sorts of opportunities, from basic education to social and developmental activities. At the Young Carers Development Trust we enable young carers to fulfill their potential, their hopes and dreams.
Prior to the YCDT’s formation in 2012, only one young carer in west Wiltshire had been to university. Trustees are united in their view that young carers’ life experiences often equip them for high achievement, once the difficulties caused by their caring responsibilities are addressed. YCDT is establishing a network of high-achieving young carers, willing to become active and inspiring role models for others from backgrounds similar to their own. YCDT works through its Development Mentors who provide resources and mentoring for these young carers. We currently support young carers from North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucester, Wiltshire, Bath & North East Somerset, Gwent and Swindon.