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Fusion (Young Carers)

 

Fusion Youth Groups

Who are they for?

Fusion Youth Groups are for young people aged 11 to 16 living in Sedgemoor and Taunton Deane whose lives are impacted by caring for a parent or other family member who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. A Fusion youngster may also be someone who has no specific carers responsibilities but whose lives are impacted by living with a sibling who has a disability, long term health condition or learning impairment.

A Fusion Youngster may help with...

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed
  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions
  • Helping to give medicine
  • Helping someone communicate
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

These youngsters may have more responsibility than other youngsters due to their caring responsibilities or they may have less opportunities to enjoy their childhood due to their parents’ or carer’s commitments to a disabled sibling or other family member.


Being a Fusion Youngster 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.
  • Many say that nobody in their school is aware of their caring role.
  • Some have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
  • Some miss school because of their caring role.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer. Fusion Youngsters can grow and seek reassurance and understanding from others in a similar situation to them.


What do Fusion youngsters do?

We know how important it is that Fusion Youngsters get some respite and some time to concentrate on themselves. Attending our Fusion Youth Groups gives them a chance to be a young person free from their caring responsibilities or the stresses and strains associated with living with a disabled sibling just for a few hours. Fusion youngsters enjoy

    • Trusted and supervised activities and outings
    • Sharing a meal together
    • Making friends and meeting other youngsters in a similar situation.
    • Experienced Sessional Workers who can provide support, advice and be a listening ear.

When and where do Fusion Youngsters meet?

Fusion Groups take place every fortnight at

Victoria Park Community Centre
Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 7AS

Every other Monday evening from 6pm to 8pm


Compass Wellbeing

Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH

Every other Wednesday evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

How much does it cost?

Fusion Groups are funded by BBC Children in Need and are completely free to attend. Youngsters enjoy a free meal, free activities and free outings. Youngsters occasionally engage in fundraising activities to fund more outings or to purchase equipment that they may want.

The BBC Children in Need funding will also provide free transport for Fusion youngsters who would otherwise be unable to attend. (See below for details)


Do we need to book?

There are strictly limited numbers at all groups and therefore booking is essential. You will need to book your space here

We understand that youngsters will occasionally be unable to attend, we would ask that should this be the case that you contact us on 01823 475250 to cancel your place so that it can be offered to another youngster.

The ability for a Fusion youngster to attend may be affected if they persistently book a place but fail to attend without notifying us.


How do I arrange transport?

BBC Children in Need have agreed to fund transport for Fusion youngsters living in Taunton Deane or Sedgemoor to attend their local group if they have no other means of attending.

Funds are strictly limited so all requests are assessed on an individual basis.

More details on arranging funded transport can be found here

Please call 01823 475250 or email mandyc@compassdisability.org.uk if you have any questions



Does a parent or carer need to attend?

We welcome a parent or responsible adult to attend on the Fusion youngsters first session so that they can be registered and we can learn a little more about them and their situation. If this is not possible then we can arrange to visit a parent at home or a location close by or can contact you by telephone.

We aim to improve Fusion youngsters’ confidence, social interaction and independence but we understand that some youngsters may want to be accompanied. This may only be for a few weeks whilst they grow in confidence and we encourage parents and carers to withdraw gradually at a pace that suits your youngster, after all you know them best.

Withdrawing could just mean taking a seat in the café, whilst the youngster enjoys their time in the activity room or it could mean dropping them off and leaving them in the safe company of our


 


 

 

You can call us on 01823 475250 or
email us at info@compasswellbeing.org.uk to find out more information.