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Carers Trust awards grants to Blackpool Carers Centre and Fife Young Carers to expand their employment support work

Carers Trust is delighted to award Blackpool Carers Centre and Fife Young Carers young carers grants to expand their current employment support to young adult carers.

Young adult carers face significant barriers to accessing employment and are twice as likely to be NEET (not in education, employment and training) than their peers who do not have caring responsibilities.

This new innovative grant, thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will support young adult carers to access employment support and gain skills needed for securing future employment.

The grants will also support Blackpool Carers Centre and Fife Young Carers to develop partnerships with local employer partners and influence employers to change the way carers are recruited and supported in work.

The awards to Blackpool Carers Centre and Fife Young Carers are part of Carers Trust’s wider commitment to providing opportunities for young adult carers aged 16-25 years to achieve and develop their future aspirations and goals through our Young Carers Futures employer partnership programme.

 Responding to news of the award, Samantha Howard Young Carers Development Worker at Blackpool Carers said:

“We know that it’s incredibly hard for any young person to move on from school into employment, further education and training. For young adult carers it’s doubly hard, because they have to balance the it with the extra responsibilities of their caring role.

“This is why we are so excited about being awarded this grant which means we can expand our support for young adult carers in Blackpool. We are really looking forward to getting started and building partnerships with employers and helping them develop more inclusive employment policies for young adult carers.”

Find out more about how Carers Trust is supporting young adult carers into employment through our Young Carers Futures programme.

 

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