About Carewise

Background to the project


Carewise LogoCarewise is the Young Carers project in Northern Devon. It was set up in 2001 in response to an identified need to provide practical and emotional support to Young Carers who undertake a significant caring role.  It is managed and supported locally by TTVS, a not for profit organisation with experience of managing similar projects across Torridge.

Currently, Carewise trips and drop ins are funded by Children in Need; the mentoring project which is available to Young Carers where there is a mental health issue in the family, is funded by Comic Relief.

Definition of a Young Carer

A Young Carer is a young person, up to the age of 18, whose educational, health, social or emotional development may be affected by their caring responsibilities in the family. This will be at home, or elsewhere; in respect of physical or emotional caring; normally on a long term basis; and in comparison to what any young person of comparable age could reasonably be expected to experience or achieve.

Mission Statement

Carewise aims to identify, and offer practical and emotional support to, Young Carers, up to the age of 18, whose education, health, social or emotional development may be affected by their caring responsibilities in the family.


  • Identify Young Carers and offer them access to the services of Carewise.
  • Raise awareness of the issues and needs of Young Carers and their families amongst Health, Education and Social Services professionals and young carers’ peers.
  • Identify any gaps in provision.
  • Provide services that reflect the needs, wishes and aspirations of Young Carers.
  • Recruit, train and support Volunteer Mentors to work on a one-to-one basis with Young Carers.
  • Provide volunteers with the opportunity to obtain skills, gain training, and develop experience in youth work and social care.
  • Develop a model of best practice for Young Carer projects.

TTVS information:

Registered Charity Number 1125142
Company Limited by Guarantee – Registered in England Number 6577677
Registered office: 14 Bridgeland Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QE