Help for young people

Our support is available to young people aged 8-25 living in Sheffield who are:

  • young carers AND/OR

  • young people affected by drug/alcohol issues in their family

You take an interest in me and things that I like
— SYC member

We aim to provide young people with a break from home; to build their resilience and confidence to help them manage in their caring or family life; to reduce the impacts that caring or family substance misuse is having on their life; and to improve their health and wellbeing - both physical and emotional. We do this by providing a range of support over one year, offering reunion events and other ways to stay involved after this time.

Please note: Due to high demand, we currently have a waiting list of up to five months.

We offer:

  • A home visit to meet the young person and, where appropriate, their family.

  • Four one-to-one sessions, for the young person to get to know a worker and receive individual support. These sessions are based on the needs and interests identified by the young person.

  • A minimum of one term of evening groups, where young people can have fun and a break from home, learn information and skills, and get peer support from other young people in similar situations. Each term’s programme is planned around the needs identified by the group members that term.

  • Access to school holiday activities for one year, including trips, a summer residential and fun family events.

  • Training and participation opportunities.

  • Advocacy, case working, signposting and referrals.

  • Opportunities to stay involved with the project after the core year of support has finished.

We currently provide the following groups:

  • Weekly group for 12-16 year-olds from across Sheffield (up to 12 young people, meets in the city centre, travel costs reimbursed, Tuesdays 5-7pm).

  • Weekly group for 8-12 year-olds living in south Sheffield (up to 8 young people per group, transport to and from home provided Wednesdays 5-7pm).

  • Weekly group for 8-12 year-olds living in north Sheffield (up to 8 young people per group, transport to and from home provided, Thursdays 5-7pm).

  • Well-being sessions every two months (days/times vary) for 16-25 year olds from across Sheffield, plus a weekly phone drop-in. Delivered in partnership with Door43. Travel costs reimbursed.

Help outside SYC

While young people are waiting for support from SYC, or if they decide they don't want to join, we also have lots of information about other organisations and websites that can help. To take a look, click here.