Better lives for young carers

01 September 2017

A charity supporting young carers has had a cash boost to create a new support service.  

Southend Carers has been awarded just under £44,000 by People’s Health Trust to deliver a new support service for young carers.

The money was invested by People’s Health Trust through the Active Communities funding programme, using money raised by HealthStrength through The Health Lottery.

The Better Lives project will deliver activities and support for young carers in Southend, so that they can take time away from caring responsibilities and enjoy activities they would not normally get the chance to do.

There will be a youth club, trips and outings, along with one-to-one support from staff and volunteers, which will enable the young people to have fun, make friends and learn social skills.

The project will also undertake work to find ‘hidden’ young carers and encourage referrals to the service.

Weekly activities will be run at the charity, to improve young carers’ wellbeing, reduce isolation as well as provide respite and fun – which will give them a break from caring and allow them to enjoy their childhood.

Angelina Clarke, Chair of Southend Carers, said: “Young Carers do so much to support family members from grandparents to siblings; and sometimes this leaves them with no opportunity to get out and play, make friends or focus on their education. 

“The young carers we come into contact with never complain and really are unsung heroes and heroines.  Everyone at Southend Carers worked really hard to secure this funding, and is really excited about getting the project off the ground. We cannot thank People’s Health Trust enough for their support.”

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Media enquiries

For media enquiries about Southend Carers, please contact Dawnette Fessey -  01702 393933

For media enquiries about People’s Health Trust, please contact Robyn Pierce – 020 7749 9105 / [email protected]

Notes to editors

Southend Carers is an independent charity run by and for carers. It help carers get the support they need – whether that’s financial, practical or emotional.

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well.

HealthStrength is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Essex. www.healthstrengthcic.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

 

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