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York Young Carers' Project Gets £40,000 of Health Lottery Cash


12:32pm 21st January 2013

A successful project set up to help Young Adult Carers in York has just received an additional cash boost of £40,000, thanks to a grant from People’s Health Trust from money raised by HealthLevel through the Health Lottery.

York Carers Centre, a Network Partner of Carers Trust, the UK’s largest carers charity, has already received £40,000 of funding from money raised through the Health Lottery to extend its work with young adult carers.

Aged 16 to 25, this group of carers face particular challenges around access to further education and training, employment opportunities and independence.

Through its project, York Carers Centre aims to identify carers who are not getting the support they need, giving them both a break from their caring role and offering them one-to-one support.

The service has proven to be such a success, already helping more than 50 young adult carers, that the Health Lottery agreed to provide additional funding to extend its work.

Vanessa Emslie, Young Adult Carer Worker at York Carers Centre, said the grant would enable the project to reach even more young adult carers.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have received this extra funding from the People’s Health Trust. To know that we can now build on the success that we’ve achieved as a result of the initial funding is great news for the team at York Carers Centre, as well as to the Young Adult Carers that we support through this project.”

City of York Council also contributes towards Vanessa’s role and the Health Lottery money built on an existing project which is very much needed.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthLevel, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this project and give something back to this important group.”

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