We support young carers, ensuring they have the opportunity to make the most of their one chance at childhood.
What is a young carer?
This means they offer care and emotional support to someone they love; a parent, a grandparent, or a sibling. From as young as five years old, Honeypot children will help give medication, complete household chores and assist with personal care. Having to adopt a surrogate adult role at home, alongside homework and school, is unbelievably tough. Although still children, these boys and girls find themselves in a caring role, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Young carers often find it difficult to make friends with their peers, as they have a limited amount of shared experiences and many young carers are bullied at school as a result of their responsibilities at home.
Meet some Honeypot Children:
Molly, aged seven, was physically abused as a baby by both her birth parents. Her injuries required her to have seven major operations to her head, two of which were to save her sight. Her sight is still poor but she is able to see with the aid of glasses.
She lives with her grandparents who she calls “Mum & Dad”. Her Grandmother suffers from depression due to the terrible injuries her daughter inflicted on Molly and feels guilty that her age means she can’t play with Molly. Because her grandparents are becoming quite forgetful, Molly is gradually taking on more caring responsibilities.
Honeypot provides Molly with the opportunity to experience new activities, like cycling, swimming and baking. She loves coming to Honeypot and has flourished since her first visit.
Wallis is five years old and lives with his birth mother and father, who both struggle with alcohol addicitons. When Wallis was three, he discovered his father in an alcohol induced coma during the night, which now means he has trouble sleeping. Wallis wakes regularly throughout the night to check both his parents are okay. As a result of this, Wallis often falls asleep during lessons at school which he finds embarrassing. A lack of concentration due to sleep issues mean subjects like Maths and English are really hard for Wallis and because of this he is teased by other children.
The first time he came to Honeypot, Wallis confided in staff that he thought the beach was a make-believe place; he had only ever seen photos of the sea. Honeypot staff offered to take Wallis to the beach and as he made his first ever sandcastle, watching the waves in wonder, Wallis cried tears of joy because he was so happy. Our care staff helped Wallis pick a seashell to take home with him as a memento of the day.
Daniel is six years old and has a chaotic home life. His mother suffers from an alcohol addiction and he has no contact with his father. He often goes hungry and he regularly misses school.
On Daniel’s first visit to Honeypot House he was very anxious, and needed to be reassured that his Mum would be fine whilst he was away. He called home at night and morning to make sure she had not done anything ‘silly’. Whilst at Honeypot he was able to relax, and make friends with other children who understand what it can be like to have a disrupted home life. This helped Daniel to feel less alone, and gave him the confidence to share more about how he felt with his social worker.