YOUNG carers have received a little respite care of their own with the help of a #7000 grant awarded by the Birmingham Foundation.
The Birmingham Young Carers group provides a support and respite service for children and young people who care for a parent or other family member suffering a physical or mental illness, disability, drug or alcohol addiction.
A total of 93 carers were given a break from their daily roles having been offered a choice of camping and adventure weeks, short seaside breaks and day trips to Bristol Zoo and the theatre – 90 per cent had never enjoyed a holiday or a day out before.
Ms Pam Bloor, project manager of NCH Birmingham Young Carers, said: “Providing the comprehensive holiday and breaks programme has raised the profile of our project and we are delighted that the Birmingham Foundation, has been able to support us in this way.
“It has also greatly enhanced our reputation and profile with parents and the ‘cared for’ who feel very positive about the Young Carers receiving respite from home and caring duties.”
Derek Inman, Chief Executive of the Birmingham Foundation, added: “These breaks provide much needed respite from difficult home circumstances and caring responsibilities, enabling new friendships to flourish, increase feelings of self worth, decreasing loneliness and social isolation.
“What this group does is invaluable in helping those who are supporting family members, in what is often an extremely difficult and emotionally draining situation, to get a break for themselves.
“The Birmingham and Black Country Foundation strives to deliver a better quality of life to others and we are passionate in our determination to help provide support wherever we can.”