25th Oct, 2020

Warwickshire Young Carers hopes for support to continue project as funding ends

Laura Kearns 18th Oct, 2020

A CHARITY supporting young carers across the county is hoping to continue one of its projects as funding ends.

Warwickshire Young Carers runs a project working with schools to identify and support young people who care for a relative.

Funding for the initiative, which has been running for 12 years, will end in December and now the charity is hoping to raise the £39,400 needed from elsewhere.

Warwickshire Young Carers says while 2,700 people are registered with its charity there are many who remain hidden and support is badly needed.

A spokeswoman told the Observer: “We have worked with schools for 12 years to provide a high standard of support for young carers. The primary objective has been to improve the experience, attendance and attainment of young carers throughout their educational journey.

“We are seeking funding to expand the work we do into the wider community, providing a greater support network for young carers in their locality.

“The cost of providing the staff, resources and delivering this project for a year is £39,413. Our desire is to stretch beyond this and deliver the project for the foreseeable future.”

The charity offers support to carers in settings including schools, social care and youth and community centres to provide chance to relax and help achieve their aspirations.

It does this through one to one support, providing information, offering advice and guidance and promoting positive wellbeing.

The charity spokeswoman added: “The experiences of young carers can be quite different to those of their peers, they may not be able to have a family holiday or socialise. Their educational journey is likely to be more difficult as a result of the caring role they have which in turn may impact on the opportunities available to them.”

Visit www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/communities-of-support-for-young-carers to donate or find out more.

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