Why FTCT is supporting National Carers Week 2013
Friday, June 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog
Next week is National Carers Week, an annual awareness campaign which recognises and celebrates the contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers to the people they care for and their communities. Recently, FTCT has seen a rise in the number of young carers supported by our grants, which is why we are keen to show our support for this important campaign.
According to reports published on the campaign’s website, there are 175,000 young people under the age of 18 who provide care, 13,000 of these provide care for 50 hours or more per week (source: 2001 Census figures for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).
Studies show that when children undertake significant care work within the home, and where they and their families lack appropriate health and social care support and adequate income, they can experience a range of outcomes, including impaired well-being, health and psycho-social development, poor educational attendance and performance, restricted peer networks and friendships, and difficulties in making the smooth transition from childhood to adulthood.
Our grants seek to help young carers by funding items to relieve the pressures of day to day life. Whether by funding weekly respite activities such as swimming or dance lessons, so they can socialise with their peers, or a laptop, as in the case of young Hannah, 15yrs, a registered carer for her father, enabling her to study online at home, in between her care duties, our grants can make a huge difference.
Please join us in celebrating National Carers Week and support the vital work of carers, both young and old.
If you know a young carer in need of support, whose parent works or has worked in the UK fashion and textile industry, please get in touch. Simply call Emma on 0300 123 9002 or contact us here.
For more information about National Carers Week, visit www.carersweek.org