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
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.