Richmond Carers Centre – Young Carers Service has received a grant of £98,000 from Global’s Make Some Noise, a national charity improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. As one of Global’s chosen charities, LBC presenter Shelagh Fogarty (above left) presented the cheque at LBC’s studios to two members of the Young Carers Service and some young carers.
Sophie Richardson, Young Carers Support Team Leader said: ‘We were lost for words when we were presented with our cheque. I cannot express just how much of a difference this funding will make to the services we provide to our Young Carers’.
Funding a Health and Wellbeing Project with a full-time Young Carers Coordinator for two years, the grant will also enable the Young Carers team to put on extra activities, offer more confidence-building 1-2-1 sessions, buy new equipment and recruit additional sessional workers. And, thanks to GMSN’s amazing generosity, young carers will be enjoying more of what they tell us they love best: ‘Getting out of the house and doing fun stuff’ and ‘having fun without worrying about anything’.
Every year, Richmond Carers Centre – Young Carers Service supports over 450 carers, from 5-18 years, and their families. Some young carers are still in primary school, taking on a responsibility beyond their years, perhaps helping a brother or sister who has a disability, or a mum or dad with a long-term illness. The Young Carers team are always on hand to support them by providing emotional support and services that give them a break from their caring responsibilities.