Young carers in Rochford are benefiting from an initiative funded by Sanctuary Housing - and now other groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to run community projects.
With funding from Sanctuary’s Maureen’s Gift Fund, SCAFT (Supporting Carers and Families Together) has implemented a Young Carers Passport Scheme to provide a smoother school experience for pupils who care, or help to care, for a relative.
The ‘passports’ are designed to give schools an opportunity to support young carers by providing them with a visual record of personalised concessions - which alleviates the pressure of young carers having to explain difficult personal situations to staff.
The successful on-going project has seen 120 passports issued across two schools and another 80 scheduled to go out in a third school this term.
SCAFT applied for funding from Sanctuary Housing’s Maureen’s Gift Fund, which offers individual grants of up to £1,000 to charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations that need a financial boost to get community projects up and running.
Andy Trewern, SCAFT’s service delivery manager, said: “For young carers, additional responsibilities at home can impact education through attendance, concentration and limited opportunities to complete homework.
“The Passport Scheme has been incredibly successful so far. The pupils seem proud of their passports and we can reach more under 18s who do not already engage with our services.”
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We’re thrilled that the funding will help more young carers get the educational support they need while they carry out their caring role.”
Projects funded by Maureen’s Gift should benefit residents in the district and fit within one of five themes:
- Employment, education, skills and training
- Health and wellbeing
- Community safety and infrastructure
- Financial inclusion
To apply or find out more about Maureen’s Gift, contact Sanctuary on 0300 123 3511 from a mobile or 0800 131 3348 from a landline. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the Young Carers Passport Scheme, call SCAFT on 01268 741811 or email email@example.com. Families can refer themselves by visiting the SCAFT website and completing the online form.