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Relating Outcomes to Lived Experience
Four North West projects are amongst 15 new projects which have been successful in the third round of funding from Comic Relief, managed by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
Caring roles have a huge impact on all people, and the effect on young carers is significant. So it is great to see projects being funded which will help to support young people and their families to reduce the caring responsibilities for young carers.
Dr Jo Aldridge , Director of the Young Carers Research Group at Loughborough, explains: “Long term and disproportionate caring activity among children adversely affects their health and well-being. They are less optimistic about the future and have lower self esteem.”
In the North West, Carers Link at Hyndburn & Ribble Valley, will have a Link Worker to develop effective relationships with up to 60 families experiencing issues around mental health and/or substance misuse. The Link worker will support the whole family in addressing their needs, and will link across statutory organisations.
In Bolton, the existing successful Young Champions Club will work with young carers aged 8-16 from BME and Asylum Seeker communities. This is for all young carers including those supporting people through distress.
In Cumbria, a dedicated Young Carers Support worker will deliver holistic services to families in specific deprived wards (Ewanrigg, Moorclose, Mossbay, Mirehouse and Sandwith). Again, this is for all young carers including those who support someone through distress.
In Manchester, there will be a project to provide specific support to young carers from refugee and asylum seeking communities, who support someone who has received a HIV positive diagnosis.