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YUCAN is an award-winning youth and lived experience-led organisation that supports young carers from East London with 1:1 mentoring, workshops, befriending, homework support and respite opportunities.

Yucan Thrive: 

Yucan Thrive is an 8-week program to support the well-being of young carers from schools across East London. The program is aimed at young children who have added responsibilities due to someone having a disability at home, mental health problems, bereavement, sibling responsibility, language translations, and more.

The project aims to address the lack of support for young carers and provide them with a safe and empowering space to learn about their rights, participate in fun and creative workshops, and receive support for their well-being. Each session will run for 1 hour and 30 minutes as an extracurricular activity towards the end of the school day to accommodate young carers with pressing family/sibling commitments.


Yucan Shine:

Yucan Shine is a 10-week well-being programme for children in primary schools in East London. Working collaboratively with our partners, we are facilitating engaging workshops that address and tackle issues young child carers face today, like managing difficult emotions, stress, and isolation, whilst providing fun respite opportunities.

Participants will also learn child-friendly first aid, equipping them with confidence and potential in their self-initiative within their caring role.

  • Assisting with the facilitation of workshops and activities for young carers
  • Providing one-to-one support and leading groups in breakaway activities for young carers
  • Assisting with administrative tasks such as registering participants and maintaining records, setting up and packing away equipment
  • Providing emotional support and guidance to young carers as needed
  • Ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all participants
Who will the volunteers be working with?
You will be working with young carers ages ranging from 6-16 years old from schools in East London.
You will receive online NSPCC Child Protection training and an in-person introductory training session before the projects start.

Time commitment

Yucan Thrive - 8 WEEKS

May 2nd - 3rd- 9th-10th-16th-17th-23rd-24th

June 6th-7th-13th -14th-20th-21st-27th-28th

Yucan Shine - 10 WEEKS

May 2nd - 9th-11th-16th-18th-23rd-25th

June 6th-8th-13th -15th-20th-22nd-27th-29th

July 4th-6th

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.