Carers Week 2012-raising awareness of UK Young Carers

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Blog

Did you know, this week is National Carers Week?

Running from 18th-24th June, Carers Week is a is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign, seeking to raise the profile of unpaid carers in the national, regional and local media, delivered by a partnership of eight national charities:Age UK, Carers Trust. Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK.

In the UK today, 10 per cent of the total population are carers, with 174,995 young people under the age of 18 providing care. 13,029 of these provide care for 50 hours or more per week, often struggling to combine school or college with caring responsibilities for a disabled, ill or frail relative or friend.

Currently 7% of children supported by FTCT grants are Young Carers, a number which is steadily on the rise. Typical grants given to Young Carers by FTCT include funding for respite activities  such as dance and drama classes, giving carers important time away from their home situation, or funding for educational support in the form of tutoring or computer equipment, enabling carers to juggle their schoolwork with their responsibilities at home.

As with all the children and young people currently supported by FTCT, these grants are aimed at improving the well being of Young Carers, in the hope of relieving some of the burden from their situation.

If you know someone who is currently affected by any of these issues and you think may be eligible to apply for a grant from FTCT, please contact Emma, Grants Co-Ordinator, on grants@ftct.org.uk or give us a call on 0300 123 9002. A small grant from FTCT can make a big difference.

All these figures are from the Carers Week website- www.carersweek.org.uk

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