Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Young carers’ cash boost

Young carers in Monmouthshire will have more support thanks to a donation of £3000 given to the Crossroads SE Wales Young Carers Project (Monmouthshire) this week.

The money was given to the charity by Monmouthshire County Council’s former Chairman, Councillor Susan White, as a result of the fundraising she did last year.

Crossroads SE Wales Young Carers Project (Monmouthshire) was one of Councillor White’s chosen charities during her time as Chairman.

Councillor White said:

“I chose the Young Carers Project as one of my charities because of the great work they do to support young people from 8 – 18 who have a responsibility for looking after a relative or are affected by someone else’s needs.

“I’m pleased to be able to help them in the work they do for young carers.

“Young carers perform substantial caring tasks and have a level of responsibility which would usually be associated with an adult. A helping hand or supportive voice can often make a world of difference to a young carer.”

Katherine Lewis, from Crossroads SE Wales, picked up the cheque saying:

“We aim to give them as much help as they need and provide social activities that give them the opportunity to relax and be young people.

“Young carers really benefit from social activities where they can share their experiences with people who understand the pressures they face and gain comfort from each other.

“This money will make a great contribution to lives of our young carers in Monmouthshire.

“Some will go towards maintaining the funding for our Monmouthshire School Liaison Officer. Some will go towards holiday activities like the trip planned for October where the carers will stay in a youth hostel and go bowling and visit Oakwood theme park.

“I’d like to thank Councillor White for her hard work and dedication to the charity, the money will make a real difference to people’s lives."

Photograph: left to right Elaine Waddington - Chairman CSEW; Cllr Susan White; Kathryn Lewis - CSEW Young Carers Project Manager (Monmouthshire); Amber Fitzjohn - Young Carer; Paris Gosling - Young Carer; Lisa Thomas - School Liaison Officer. In front: Alex Franklyn - Young Carer


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