Young Carers’ Officers Steve Newman and Alice Miller with (centre) Roy Maguire, Senior Young Carers’ Officer.
A £43,000 boost from Carers Trust, the national charity that works to improve the lives of the UK’s 7 million carers, will create positive opportunities for carers aged 14 to 25 in Bath and North East Somerset. The Carers’ Centre, which operates from premises in Bath and Radstock, won the funding to add value to its existing services for the area’s 3,000+ young carers.
The award is part of Carers Trust About Time programme and funded by The Co-operative Group who made Carers Trust their charity of the year for 2013, so far raising £5m.
“Young adult carers face tremendous challenges,” explained Sonia Hutchison, Carers’ Centre CEO. “The needs of young people change dramatically through their teenage years and into their twenties. The pressures of caring can lead to fewer opportunities at school, college and with employment. This funding will be used to create a programme of support focussing on health and independence and has secured Alice Miller, a specialist in working with this age group.”
Alice, a former secondary school teacher, will be working alongside colleagues Roy Maguire and Steve Newman who are both new to the Centre’s young carers’ team.
The Centre is co-ordinating personal Health Checks and activities for young people to improve fitness and well-being and cookery groups to promote healthier eating. To help with independence in adulthood, workshops and advice about college courses, employment, banking and budgeting will be on offer.
Trisha Thompson, Senior Grants Manager at Carers Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to help the Carers' Centre establish this exciting new project. Young adult carers are a group of young people who can be isolated and are sometimes unaware that they are carers at all. They are at a crucial time when there is a huge amount of change for them as they make choices that will affect the rest of their lives."
If you are a carer and would like to access support and information please contact the Carers’ Centre Freephone: 0800 0388 885