Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has joined forces with Carers Trust to help fund its work with young carers.

To launch the partnership, Thomas Cook employees from across Kent were invited to visit the Downs Primary school – which received  a Gold Young Carers in Schools Award for best practice in supporting young carers – to learn about the Young Carers in Schools programme run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society.

The Young Carers in Schools programme is a free, England-wide programme that makes it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers, and awards good practice. To date the programme has involved more than 700 education providers, gained over 10,000 unique views of the online resources, awarded 140 schools for their good practice and reached an estimated 1,250 sector professionals.

Jamie Queen, Chair of Thomas Cook Children’s Charity said:

“Thomas Cook Children’s Charity works to improve the lives of children and young people in the UK and overseas. Supporting young carers and their families is an area of huge importance in the UK. We’re delighted to contribute, thanks to donations from Thomas Cook customers and employees. We are excited to support Carers Trust’s young carers grants programme as well as their Young Carers in Schools programme, helping to reach some of the 175,000 young carers in the UK.”

Giles Meyer, Interim Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said:

“There are more than 700,000 young carers in the UK, some as young as five. We know that young carers are more likely to fall behind at school, be bullied and get lower exam grades. The impact of caring from such a young age can be enormous.

“We also know that many young carers remain hidden and so they just don’t get the support that is available to them. Our partnership with Thomas Cook Children’s Charity will help us reach more of these young carers and support them through our Young Carers in Schools Programme

“The partnership will also help fund our  grants programme which will enable young carers to enjoy activities aimed at raising their aspirations, self-confidence and self-esteem whilst taking time away from their caring responsibilities.”