Torfaen Young Carers Service gets support from CareWorks Birthday Fund

2017 is a special year for CareWorks. On 26th February, we celebrated our 20th year in business and to help celebrate our 20 years we have created a special birthday fund of €20,000.

We are now delighted to announce the first recipient of funding from our birthday fund; Torfaen Young Carers Service

Torfaen Young Carers Service is a support system for people under 18 who have become a carer at an early age. The service works with children, young people and their families to give the young carers support and a short break by engaging in social, age appropriate and leisurely activities. The support really makes a difference to the young carers by having the opportunity to meet up with other young carers and take part in fun, confidence building activities, illustrated by some of their comments below.

 

      “I get to do things I                      “Torfaen Young Carers

would never normally do”                   helped me to relax”

 

              

 

“The services gives me           “It has helped me make friends,

               a break”                          and build my confidence”

 

                  

 

One of the things the young carers look forward to is their annual trip to the Young Carers Camping Weekend in Southampton run by the YMCA. Torfaen Young Carers Service recently lost the funding they used to provide this trip to the young carers and their families. They were faced with an impossible decision; Either cancel the annual trip or ask the families to pay themselves.

Luckily, CareWorks happened to be searching for a good cause to invest part of its birthday fund in and will be making a lot of young carers happy by funding the next young carers camping trip.

If you have a worthy cause you would like to nominate for our birthday fund and make a difference to people’s lives, nominate the cause here.