Carers Trust has chosen eight innovative projects supporting young carers across England to receive £455k funding provided by the Department of Education.
The projects are focusing on providing early intervention for young carers and their families, aiming to prevent excessive or harmful caring from continuing within the family.
Gloucestershire Young Carers will use the funding to develop a project partnering with adult mental health workers from a local NHS Foundation Trust to identify families where parents with acute mental health issues are being supported excessively by their children. Working like this would allow Gloucestershire Young Carer to address any negative impacts the caring role may be having on the child.
Community First in Wiltshire will work with local partners to provide holistic support to military families where a caring role has been identified. The project aims to help all organisations who provide support to military families to understand the impact a caring role can have on a young person.
At least 400 young carers and their families will benefit from the funded interventions across England.
Sarah Teather MP, Minister of State for Children and Families said: ‘The Government is committed to helping improve the support available to young carers and these projects being funded through our work with Carers Trust will make a real difference to the lives of those young carers and families that they support. I know that the learning from those projects will also help many thousands more across the country’.
Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy at Carers Trust, said: ‘The Integrated Interventions funding enables young carers services across England to not only improve service provision but takes the work a step further and addresses the culture shift that needs to happen at all levels to enable long term, sustainable change. In times of austerity, such as those we’re in, this funding is more vital than ever and Carers Trust believes it hugely complements the work of the Department for Education as well as the Troubled Families agenda’.
Funding is being delivered through an open grants programme managed by Carers Trust as the budget holder. In addition to developing services that will make a lasting difference, it is intended that projects will provide models of good practice that are evaluated and available for all projects across the country to build on. Examples of good practice in young carers’ services relating to this funding stream, as well as other innovative practice across the UK, are being collated and will be available at www.carershub.org.
The successful applicants were able to demonstrate that families’ resilience would be increased to prevent or reduce the amount of excessive or harmful caring undertaken by young carers and that there was a ‘no wrong door’ approach to service provision and practice. The projects were also able to demonstrate that by the end of the intervention, sustainable whole family approaches are developed at all levels and by all partners.