A referral was made to the befriending service as Mary struggles to access social activities and is from a lone parent family and has moved due to domestic violence. She also is socially isolated and experiences periods of poor school attendance and struggles with her own emotional well-being. Mary cares for her mum who suffers with bad back pain and epilepsy.

Mary lacks confidence within her peers and often feels more comfortable with adults. Mary has no family other than her mum as they all live over two hours away.

Mary doesn’t access any activities in or out of school and sometimes can have poor school attendance making her socially isolated.

Things we proposed

Young Carers staff to research swimming lessons that are easily accessible and affordable for Mary to access on a regular basis.

Young Carers staff to research activities and groups that Mary can access.

Mary to meet other young carers of a similar age to help her grow in confidence.

Proposed Outcome

Mary to access activities and groups on a regular basis to help her grow in confidence.

Mary to help comfortable swimming on her own.

Mary to have grown in confidence within her peers and people of her own age, therefore improving school attendance.

Outcomes Achieved

Mary is accessing swimming lessons on a weekly basis and is really enjoying them and learning a lot.

Mary's mum told us that Mary has become more confident and is happier to be away from mum to do social activities.

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