Community project Angus Carers Centre has received £2,000 from the STV Appeal 2014.
Angus Carers Centre supports young people who are caring for a member of their family who may have a physical disability, learning disability, terminal or chronic illness, drug or alcohol dependency, long term illness or mental ill health problem.
Many of the young carers’ families are restricted financially because they are unable to work and education amongst this group of young people often takes a back seat to their caring roles so attendance can be poor.
Social isolation is a problem in Angus as many of the young people reside in small rural communities.
Angus Carers Centre brings young carers together for residential trips giving them a prolonged break away from home where they can make new friends, build confidence and learn new skills to equip them better in their roles as young carers and young citizens.
The STV Appeal is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in Scotland.
Across the country, 220,000 children live in poverty and figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty show that in Angus it’s actually 19.8 per cent of children.
Angus Carers Centre in Arbroath is one of the projects the STV Appeal is supporting in Angus.
Alison Myles, CEO, Angus Carers Centre, said: “The funding we received from STV Appeal will allow us to take a group of 12 young carers on a residential break to Fort William, run by the Outward Bound Trust at Loch Eil. Our young people took part in this trip last year and they had a fantastic experience meeting other young carers, building their confidence and having fun.”
“Receiving this funding allows us to give more opportunities to the young people we support. Without this kind of funding we wouldn’t be able to give young carers respite and time to be themselves.”