The Young Carers and Young Adult Carers team at Carers Trust Cambridgeshire has been awarded a £10,000 grant from The Big Lottery Celebrate Fund to deliver three exciting projects over the next seven months.
This was the maximum amount on offer for groups to hold events or activities to celebrate their local community.
The three projects are:
- Intergenerational Does Strictly. Young carers will hold a series of Christmas tea dances for residents, families, staff and the community at two care homes in December – Ringshill Care Home, Huntingdon and Rheola Care Home, St Ives.
- Who do you think you are? This exciting project is centred around Young Carers Awareness Day on 26 January when we will produce a film on the stories of young carers over the last 18 years. We would like to hear from anyone who accessed this support during Cambridgeshire during this time and would be willing to share their experiences. You can email your experiences as a young carer to [email protected] or call 01480 499090 to speak with a member of the team.
- It’s a Knockout 2017. The popular knockout competition will be a highlight for young carers during national Carers Week next June.
Tania Bingham, Young Carers Policy and Development Officer, said: “We would like to thank the Big Lottery Celebrate Fund for supporting our three community projects. It was fantastic to learn that we were awarded the maximum amount, and this shows how highly regarded our work is viewed in the community.”
“The funding is crucial too because all young carers projects have to be self-funded and we all look forward very much to working on these fantastic projects.”
Young carers already hold intergenerational events at care homes where they participate at chat and crafts sessions with residents, and the Christmas tea dances they are planning builds on this success with both generations enjoying their time spent together.
A young carer is a young person, under the age of 18 who has a caring responsibility. This is usually for a family member, who has a disability, long-term illness, mental illness (including depression, anxieties) or drug/alcohol substance misuse.
When young carers reach the age of 16, they can also access support through our Young Adult Carers projects.