What We Do
Young carers have too much responsibility - it gets in the way of their school work and stops them from enjoying a happy and carefree childhood.
Young carers say they miss out on what other children their age are doing because of their caring role.
We want to make a difference and give more of these youngsters a break from their stressful responsibilities at home by providing a caring environment where they can feel happier and grow in confidence.
Young people who come to us for respite breaks at our outdoor centre in Worth Matravers may have already visited Honeypot Childrens Charity and already formed friendships with many other carers.
We work closely with charity partners, afillliates, young carers groups and schools across the South East and South West of England.
Between the ages of 13 and 18 we start to see closer, more wholesome relationships forming and it is our purpose to help and guide them through this period, when they are experiencing a more mature social interaction.
We encourage them to interact socially with their peers and develop personal skills that will support them throughout life.
“It was nice to get away from home because it gave me a break from my responsibilities and I got to make new friends and catch up with some old ones”
These activities are just one part of the respite experience as it is important to provide peace and relaxation in our beautiful surroundings.
It is our aim to help vulnerable young carers cope better for the rest of their lives so, in our small way, we are helping to provide a better society for all in the future.
Even a limited respite period each year is such a warm and nurturing experience that many of our young guests stay in touch with us into their adulthood.
Our long term aim is to support them back into education and on towards employment and training, changing young people's lives for many years to come.
It is this programme of long-term, personalised and consistent support on and off our respite programs, that gives hope and encouragement during these very challenging and formative years.
The network we offer provides an opportunity for peer-to-peer support - enabling the children to create nurturing friendships with others going through similar experiences and to grow in confidence.
By supporting MyTIME you will be giving the gift of time and space to these young individuals. They will learn new life and employability skills, build strong friendships and create lasting childhood memories they can cherish for years to come.