Cash boost for Falkirk’s unpaid young carers

Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre has been awarded �42,000 for young carers
Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre has been awarded �42,000 for young carers

Children and young adults who provide daily and unpaid care for their families could see their lives transformed thanks to a funding boost.

Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre has been awarded £42,000 by national charity Carers Trust to give 14 to 25-year-old carers extra support to look after loved ones while they cope with the challenges of studying, sitting exams or job hunting.

The cash, which will cover the cost of advice sessions and days away, comes from the Trust’s Time for Change programme which aims to ensure young carers understand their rights and make informed choices about their future.

Holly McGoldrick, deputy manager at the carers centre in Falkirk’s Bank Street said: “This crucial funding will provide young adult carers with opportunities to have a break from their caring role through group support, drop ins, individual support and short breaks - in addition to tackling issues surrounding education and employment.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have been awarded this funding and look forward to being able to support young carers to reach their full potential.”