Information for Referrers

In these extraordinary times, Honeypot is focused on continuing to support our young carers across the UK, while also supporting our amazing staff and volunteers.

Our children need us now more than ever, and we are working round the clock to adapt our delivery model in these unique circumstances. This includes reaching children through activities on our developing website and through cards. We are also working closely with local and national partners to ensure families are signposted to appropriate support during this crisis.


Referring organisations

Although we have suspended our respite programme, we are still open to receive new referrals.

The areas we cover are:

Honeypot House (02380 890002) – covers London and the Home Counties

Honeypot Pen y Bryn (01686 622773) – covers Wales, the West Midlands and the North West


How to refer

Anyone that works with a child in a professional capacity can refer them for a residential respite break. Our referrers currently include young carers groups, social services, schools, hospices and refuges.

Please email for a link to our secure form to be completed by you once parental/guardian permission is given.

We will then contact you if we have any questions or concerns regarding suitability, and depending on the outcome of that conversation we will, once Government guidelines permit, arrange to meet with the child and parent/guardian either at their home or at your premises.


Our eligibility criteria

A young carer is a child or young person aged under 13 years or under who provides regular and ongoing care and/or emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, and/or misuses substances.

To meet eligibility for access to Honeypot services, children and young people must:

  • meet the above definition of a young carer
  • be actively engaged in caring (practical and/or emotional)
  • be negatively impacted as a result of their care role, in any of the following areas:
    • Physical/Mental wellbeing
    • Education attainment
    • Emotional and Behavioural Development
    • Family and Social/Peer relationships


Secondary and sibling carers

Children and young people supporting an adult primary carer to care for an adult or a sibling with disabilities will be eligible for a service from Honeypot if they meet the above criteria.

Honeypot is a very social setting and as such children who require significant 1 to 1 support in school or need significant support in social settings may not be appropriate for our services.