An Arbroath-based organisation working with young carers in Angus has been awarded a total of £102,566 in funding from BBC Children in Need.
The Angus Carers Centre will use the funding to run weekly respite groups and one-to-one sessions for young people aged 15 and under acting as carers for family members.
As well as acting as a safe space for young people to relax and have fun, the group will provide a support network for them to talk through any issues and concerns. It will also offer opportunities for training and teach skills to support carers at home, such as first aid, moving and handling, fire safety and cooking.
To make the group as inclusive as possible, young people can be referred to the group independently as well as by family members, schools and social workers. During the three year course of the grant, the group expects to work with some 80 local young carers each year. Since 2002 the Centre has received over £175,000 from BBC Children in Need.
Across Angus BBC Children in Need now funds three organisations with over £142,000 invested to benefit disadvantaged young lives in the area.
Speaking of the new grant Alison Myles, CEO of the Angus Carers Centre , said: “At the Angus Carers Centre we understand that all young carers are different, which is why we provide a range of services and provide a needs led service each young person we work with. Whether they benefit from group work to help grow their social network and confidence, or individual sessions to share what’s on their mind, this funding means we can continue to be there. We’ve been supported by BBC Children in Need for some years now, but it still comes as a total delight to hear that their support will continue. Thank you to everyone who’s made this possible.”
Mary Duffy, National Head of BBC Children in Need in Scotland added: “At BBC Children in Need we fund projects making a real difference to young lives, and we’re delighted to be awarding this new funding to the Angus Carers Centre. With this money they will work with some of the local children and young people who need it most. This round saw the most intense competition for funds to date, with some tough decisions about which projects to fund, so we are more grateful than ever for the great public support. Thank you all.”
BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, David Ramsden commented: “Put simply, this grant is made possible by our amazing supporters. Thank you, everybody should feel incredibly proud of the difference they are making to young lives.”
The Charity funds two types of grants; both of which are open to new applicants. A Small Grants Programme includes grants up to and including £10,000, which supports projects for one year, while the Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Projects working children and young people facing any kind of disadvantage can find out more on how to apply for funding at bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants.
BBC Children in Need relies on the support and creativity of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time, money and energy to help raise millions for the Charity. Whether raised by baking cakes, going on rambles, putting on quizzes or taking part in dress up days, every penny goes towards supporting projects right here in the UK.