SYC at Imago Community
SYC (Southwark Young Carers) is the borough wide service for Young Carers in Southwark, provided by Imago Community. Young Carers are anyone aged 8-18 who are taking on caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue. This can include caring for a disabled sibling. Young Adult Carers are those aged 18-24.
What service is provided by Imago?
Imago Young Carers works with schools, communities, and statutory and voluntary agencies to identify hidden young carers. Following assessment, Imago Young Carers offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, one-to-one support, in school support and workshops.
Accessibility of this service
To access the service you can complete a referral form via the Imago website.
Do you need to pay for this service?
The core service is commissioned by the London Borough of Southwark and is provided free at the point of access.
Some residential and day trips may have a small element of parental contribution, although we do fundraise to help make this a minimal cost.
Confidentiality and Impartiality
Our service is confidential and you will be asked for permission for us to speak with professionals on your behalf. This service is at arm’s length to the council meaning that the advice we provide is completely impartial.
Useful to know
Being a Young Carer can have a negative impact on a Young Person such as low confidence and self-esteem, low educational attendance & attainment and poor physical & mental health. Southwark Young Carers (SYC) will aim to reduce the negative and highlight the positive impact of being a carer such as increased resilience, empathy, non-judgemental attitude and caring nature.