Online chat for young carers worried about alcohol or drug misuse

10 January 2012

Young carers worried about alcohol or drug misuse have the chance to get help and support through a special online chat being hosted by Swanswell next week.

Organised jointly with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Swanswell - a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use - will be offering information and advice to people up to 19-years-old who have a caring responsibility.

A member of the Swanswell team will be available to answer questions about the young carer’s own use of alcohol or drugs, or that of the friend or relative they care for.

The free, confidential  chat will be available  at YCNet – www.youngcarers.net – on Monday 16 January 2012 between 4.15pm and 5.30pm.          

Chris Robinson, Swanswell’s Director of Services, said: ‘Young people who care for a parent affected by substance misuse often don’t talk to anyone else about it or look for help and support because they’re worried about the stigma attached to such issues.

Also, they’re often told by the person they’re looking after to keep the problem secret, so we’ve joined up with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers to offer them easy access to confidential support that could  make a lot of difference to their life.’  

Danni Manzi, Policy and Development Manager (Young Carers) for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be working with Swanswell as part of this exciting project.

Using an online forum such as ours enables young carers to receive vital support and information that they might not otherwise be able to access.’

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