Issued on behalf of the Eastern Ravens Trust
Eastern Ravens Trust is one of 15 organisations nationally and of only 2 in the North East, which has been awarded a grant by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers as part of a programme of Young Carers Grants funded by Comic Relief. The funds will be used to develop a project, which will help vulnerable and hidden young carers in Stockton-on-Tees.
The project, which has been awarded £72,500 over three years, will focus on identifying young carers in households with substance misusing parents by working in partnership with CRI, the local adult treatment service, and linking those young carers to Eastern Ravens' existing support service - already funded by Stockton Council and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.
Tracey Hamilton, Eastern Ravens Trust Manager, said: "We are delighted to receive this additional funding which will allow us to extend our work to some of the most difficult to reach young carers. This new, innovative project will complement our existing work of reaching into schools and health and care services to raise awareness - to identify those young carers who need our support to help them be children as well as carers."
Kim Michelle, CRI Service Manager, said: "CRI provides a range of services to meet the needs of people with drug and alcohol problems. Working with Eastern Ravens is an excellent opportunity to extend support to young people who are affected by the substance misuse of a family member. Responding to the needs of the whole family is essential to promote the recovery of individuals from substance misuse and can help keep families together."
Cllr Ann McCoy, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, commented: "No child should have to take on a caring role that has an adverse impact on their health and well-being. I hope that this new voluntary sector partnership will make a significant difference to the lives of this vulnerable and at times invisible group of young people."
Filming took place this week on a special programme on young carers by ITV's 'Tonight' which fill feature the Eastern Ravens Trust. It is due to be broadcast nationally in the new year.