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Edinburgh Young Carers Project

Young People

We need outdoor clothing so young carers can play outside, and create a book club for young carers caring for parents with addiction issues.

Total received £3,251.05

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About the Project

We are seeking clothing and equipment that we can use as part of our support activities for young carers. Our 5-9 year old young carers we would like to purchase a range of outdoor clothing so that we could spend more time playing outdoors with the children which would have a positive impact on their physical and mental well being. Due to their caring responsibilities the children rarely go outdoors. We require Jackets, wellies, socks, hats scarfs, gloves, water proof trousers = £800 A monthly Book Group for young carers supporting parents with addiction issues – to make books more accessible to young carers and help young carers struggling with literacy. Costs to run this: Books £400, room hire - £130, Refreshments, - £50, Craft Materials - £100, Young carer travel costs - £700

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About the Charity

EYCP provides support to children/young people who care for someone at home with a health problem or disability. We support 300+ young carers annually between the ages of 5 - 20. We aim to improve the quality of their lives through helping them maintain a balance between their responsibilities of being a carer and their own needs for their own personal development through childhood and adolescence. We provide: Weekly sessions for different age groups providing free time to mix with peers, discuss issues, play games and be children, 1 to 1 support for young carers experiencing difficulties, support group for young carers whose parent(s) are drug and alcohol dependent, residential breaks, holiday activity programme, schools awareness project and homework clubs.