One Community’s Eastleigh Young Carers Project has received £5,000 to fund a series of 12 lifeskill workshops for Young Carers in Eastleigh between the ages of 8 and 18 to enable them to develop, thrive and build aspirations for the future.
The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
Eastleigh Young Carers Project works with over 200 8-18 year olds who are disadvantaged as a result of caring for a family member who has a disability, illness, mental health issue or an addiction. These children often lack self-esteem, confidence and the aspirations to succeed due to the pressures of their caring roles.
The grant will allow the project to provide lifeskills sessions in a positive, friendly environment with other young carers to enable them to learn and develop and gain skills to aid them in their caring role and day to day lives.
Kylie Barton, Assistant Manager at Eastleigh Young Carers Project said:
“The grant will enable us to provide a series of relevant sessions to upskill Young Carers in things like First Aid, Cooking, and Emergency Planning over the course of the year. Young Carers take on a lot of extra responsibility in the home and these sessions will help improve their confidence in those situations. We are very grateful to Santander for providing us with this funding.”
Amy Slack, Manager at the Santander Foundation said:
“The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Eastleigh Young Carers, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”