Are you aged 5 – 18?
Do you live with a family member with a disability or illness?
Does someone in your household have a drug or alcohol addiction?
Do you worry about how a family member is coping when you aren’t with them?
Do you sometimes miss school or turn up late because you have to help a sibling or parent before you leave the house?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. We can support you and your family through our Release Young Carers Project.

COVID-19

Release Minis, Juniors and Teens will continue in-person services during the November lockdown. We have implemented extra health and safety precautions including reduced numbers and extra cleaning procedures.

You will also need to pre-book to attend Release to guarantee a place.

I joined Release and for the first time, I actually had friends I could play with and talk to. People who were just like me!

Amy, Young Carer

Our services and support:

  • Intensive and tailored family support
  • Regular respite at our weekly youth clubs and the chance to meet other Young Carers
  • Fun and exciting day trips and activities
  • Residential respite breaks  e.g. skiing and camping trips
  • Confidential 1:1 support and life coaching
  • Confidence building
  • School support and drop-in sessions
  • Awareness raising workshops / assemblies
  • Signposting to other resources and organisations

Typical activities: 

  • Pool 
  • Gaming (Xbox, Wii, Playstation) 
  • Group workshops 
  • 1-2-1 life coaching 
  • Cooking sessions 
  • Meeting other Young Carers 
  • Day trips 
  • Snacks / drinks

Release Minis

A weekly session for Young Carers, including breakfast.

Age range: 5 – 11 years old

When: Saturdays 10am – 11.45am

Where: YMCA Sutton Coldfield, Fosseway Drive, Erdington, B23 5LD

Cost: £1 (snacks & drinks provided)

Pick-up and drop-off available

Release Juniors

Our weekly youth club for pre-teen Young Carers.

Age range: 10 – 13 years old

When: Saturdays 1pm-3pm

Where: YMCA Sutton Coldfield, Fosseway Drive, Erdington, B23 5LD

Cost: £1 per session (snacks & drinks provided).

Pick-up and drop-off available

Release Teens

Our weekly youth club for teenage Young Carers, including day trips in school holidays.

Age range: 14 – 18 years old

When: Saturdays 4pm-6pm

Where: YMCA Sutton Coldfield, Fosseway Drive, Erdington, B23 5LD

Cost: £1 per session (snacks & drinks provided).