In yet another honour for our Community Sports Foundation, last week we received confirmation from Hays Travel Foundation that our application for funding to work with Young Carers in Hartlepool has been successful.
This funding will be used to run 30 weeks of activities for young carers in our town over the next year, with an onus very much on the young people to choose the activities we do, giving them control of the project where possible.
Hartlepool Carers currently work with over 100 Young Carers in Hartlepool but know many more are living in Hartlepool. We hope over the next year, working together, we will widen participation and raise this number. From national statistics it is believed within Hartlepool we will have up to 2000 Young Carers living in our town.
We hope that with the support of Hays Travel Foundation and our strong links with Hartlepool Carers we will be able to increase community awareness of the roles of Young Carers and the demands that are placed on these young people. Many young carers and their families themselves do not see themselves as Young Carers and this is a barrier we need to breakdown.
Many Young Carers live in poverty, 40% miss school on a regular basis and a significant amount of Young Carers are isolated and bullied for their caring role.
In addition, children and young people’s mental health can be affected by their caring role, whether the condition of the person they care for is related to physical health, mental health an addiction or frailty in old age.
On Wednesday, 24th April we will be visiting Hartlepool Carers to meet with their young carers to talk about their ideas for the project and hear more about their stories as young carers in Hartlepool.
The Hays Travel Foundation strives to help and improve the communities where they work and live, and this is something they have a strong track record of accomplishing.
Helping young people achieve and be the best they can be is part of their team's DNA, which is why in 2015 they created the Hays Travel Foundation. They set ourselves five main objectives with the main focus being on creating a brighter future for young people who need a bit of help to develop their potential.
“The Hays Travel Foundation is delighted to be able to fund a programme which will help young carers interact with their peers and get a break from their responsibilities. We know how important social interaction is for mental health and hope that this project will have a positive impact on the lives of the young carers. We would like to wish the Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation all the best in delivering this series of activities. “