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Sunderland Carers' Centre wins £41k for young adult carers

Sunderland Carers' Centre has received a grant of more than £41,000 to boost support and services for unpaid young adult carers in the City.

The donation to Sunderland Carers’ Centre for £41,144 is among the first to be awarded following a Charity of the Year partnership between Carers Trust and The Co-operative Group whose staff, members and customers raised £6 million to provide breaks, information, advice, support and services for 14 to 25 year-olds facing the challenges of caring.

The donation was received from the “About Time” grants programme, funded by The Co-operative’s Charity of the Year campaign and developed by Carers Trust with help from a steering group of young adult carers.

Graham Burt, Chief Executive Officer of Sunderland Carers’ Centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the support from Carers Trust and the enthusiasm and support shown by staff, members and customers of The Co-operative.

“There are thousands of carers in the area, most don’t think of themselves as carers or realise the range of services available to help them. Young adult carers often take on great responsibilities within their families and, thanks to this grant programme, we can continue to enhance and develop the support and services that these young people need and deserve.”

Iain Hume, Regional Operations Manager for The Co-operative Food in Sunderland, said: “As a community retailer it is important to us that we make a positive contribution to the communities in which we trade. There are young people in our communities taking on incredible levels of practical and emotional caring responsibilities, often at the expense of their own education and aspirations, and I am extremely proud that the money raised by The Co-operative and its customers is now able to make a real and tangible difference here in Sunderland.”

Trisha Thompson, Senior Grants Manager at Carers Trust said: “We are delighted to see the money raised as a result of our Charity of the Year partnership with The Co-operative begin to make real differences to the lives of young adult carers. Young carers can often feel isolated, and are sometimes unaware that they are carers at all. These grants can support young people at a crucial time in their lives, a time when there is a huge amount of change and, choices to be made that will affect the rest of their lives, and is in addition to our wider work to address issues that can lead to social exclusion and isolation.”

There are an estimated 500,000 unpaid young adult carers (14 - 25 year-olds) in the UK who take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems, and who cannot cope without their support.