Vulnerable young people often have no one to turn to for support when they are most in need. Many of these young people lack positive role models at home. In addition, there are thousands of young carers with responsibility for looking after a family member with a physical or mental illness or addiction.
Despite living in one of the most affluent counties in the country, many young people throughout Surrey are currently living in poverty. These county-wide pockets of deprivation place strains on families which often results in family breakdown, domestic violence, hazardous drinking and high levels of debt.
The Community Foundation for Surrey updated their Surrey Uncovered report in 2017:
- In Surrey there are an estimated 14,000 young carers (and many more with caring responsibilities not officially classed as carers)
- 10,600 5 to 15 year olds in Surrey have a mental disorder
- Only 7% of 16-24 year olds in Surrey access open space for exercise or health reasons compared to the national average of 25%
- 10% (22,640) of children in Surrey live in poverty of which two thirds live in working households
In addition, Surrey also has:
- The highest divorce rate outside of London;
- The highest levels of residential debt in the UK;
- 7 out the 11 boroughs in Surrey are within the top 10 nationally for the percentage of people aged 16+ engaging in hazardous drinking.
I already had lots of other people telling me what to do and coming round my house to check on my mum so I couldn’t see why another person would make that any better. Just knowing I could talk to her made it better and she could tell other people for me, the things I didn’t want to say.
Feedback from a young person using the Youth Specialist in their school.