Carers Bucks has been awarded a grant of £20,000 to help young carers overcome social isolation and improve their wellbeing.
Helping young carers transition into adulthood
The grant will fund the ‘Same Chances’ programme, which supports young people as they transition into adulthood and independence whilst providing unpaid care for an ill or disabled family member.
In the UK there are an estimated 700,000 young carers, 2,500 of them in Buckinghamshire. The Young Adult Carers service started in Sept 2015, and aimed to support 50 young adult carers living in Buckinghamshire within the first 18 months. In just over 2 years, the Young Adult Carers team have connected with and supported double that figure within the county.
Carers Bucks believe that young carers should not have fewer chances for education and employment than their peers
The Young Adult Carers team help young people overcome the barriers they may be facing, while knowing the person they care for is safe and looked after. The team offers regular life skills sessions, support worker drop in sessions, social meet ups, targeted group work and one to one support. There is also a Young Adult Carers steering group, which gives young people a voice to share their experiences with other young people and professionals.
Buckinghamshire Freemason, Mike Clanfield, visited Carers Bucks to see their work in action
Sally Mansi, young carers service manager, said:
“We’re very grateful to Buckinghamshire Freemasons for their generous grant. It will support 80 young carers as they move into adulthood, giving them some of the same life choices and opportunities as their peers.”
Mike Clanfield said:
“We’re very pleased to be able to support the Carers Trust in Bucks who do hugely important work with young people who are the primary carers for ill and disabled family members. These young people deserve the same chances as everyone else.”