Lincs: More support will be available for young carers

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

More support will be available for young carers in Lincolnshire through a new programme thanks to a £90,000 grant from BBC Children in Need.

The grant will fund Spurgeons Creative Lincs, a new programme which will help make a difference to the lives of young carers in Lincolnshire who are caring for an adult affected by alcohol or substance misuse.

The programme will be delivered by Lincs Young Carers Count, which is funded by Lincs County Council and managed by children’s charity Spurgeons and the money granted will fund a programme of 10 sessions for up to 15 young carers in Lincolnshire twice a year.

The young carers will contribute to creating the sessions which will provide a safe place for group discussion, training from specialists about topics such as first aid, dealing with addiction, domestic violence and relationships.

They will also have practical skills workshops such as healthy cooking.

As part of the work the young carers will design a campaign to educate others which will be showcased at the end of their programme.

Spurgeons Creative Lincs will reach out to these young carers, encouraging them to make positive choices and offer them support whilst giving them a chance to speak out about their problems.

The sessions will also provide a safe and friendly environment for them to meet and socialise with other young carers in similar situations.

The project will support young carers in becoming more informed and able to cope with the situations they find themselves during their day to day lives.

For more information about Lincolnshire Young Carers Count visit www.spurgeonsyc.org/lincolnshire.

If you are interested in volunteering email lincscarers@spurgeons.org.