Cash boost to trans­form Bucks car­ers

Trust awards county char­ity £40k in a bid to sup­port young­sters who are pro­vid­ing un­paid care for their fam­ily mem­bers

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Young adult car­ers in the county who are pro­vid­ing un­paid care for their fam­ily and loved ones will be among thou­sands of car­ers to have their lives trans­formed by a fund­ing boost from Car­ers Trust.

Car­ers Bucks, the char­ity which sup­ports the well­be­ing of un­paid car­ers, has been awarded more than £40,000 from Car­ers Trust, to help young adult car­ers aged 16 to 25 make life-chang­ing de­ci­sions about their fu­ture. The grants aim to trans­form the lives of 20,000 young adult car­ers across the UK.

Young Adult Car­ers Project lead at Car­ers Bucks, Sarah Collin, said: “This vi­tal fund­ing will help us to sup­port young adult car­ers in Buck­ing­hamshire, who of­ten feel alien­ated and un­able to have life goals like their friends be­cause of the de­mands of their car­ing role.

“We are thrilled to have re­ceived this grant from Car­ers Trust’s About Time pro­gramme, it will help young adult car­ers get much needed ca­reer and ed­u­ca­tion ad­vice.”

Young adult car­ers of­ten find them­selves jug­gling the de­mands of look­ing af­ter a loved one along­side the strain of study­ing for ex­ams, seek­ing work, ap­ply­ing for col­lege and try­ing to find their own path in life.

Young adult carer, Shan­non from Ayles­bury, said: “Be­ing in­volved with Car­ers Bucks has al­lowed me to fi­nally ac­cept that I’m a young carer and that’s okay. The ser­vice is amaz­ing and the staff there have made my jour­ney so much eas­ier.”

The new grant will en­able Car­ers Bucks to pro­vide a new ser­vice aimed at specif­i­cally help­ing young adult car­ers by work­ing with work­ing with lo­cal col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, and lo­cal health, hous­ing and em­ploy­ment ser­vices in the county.

Project work­ers at Car­ers Bucks will be on hand to make sure young adult car­ers un­der­stand their rights and get the steer they need to make choices in life – be­yond their de­mand­ing car­ing roles.

Re­search shows that car­ing for a fam­ily mem­ber can have a huge im­pact on a young adult carer’s health, well­be­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.

Young adult car­ers aged be­tween 16 and 18 years are also twice as likely to be not in ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment or train­ing (NEET).

Re­cent cen­sus data re­veals there are more than 30,000 young adult car­ers pro­vid­ing 50 hours, or more, of care each week.

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