£2k Donation to Support Young Carers in North Lanarkshire

Posted by / Thursday 22 December 2016 / Press release
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A cheque for £2,072.52 was presented to a service in Motherwell supporting young carers in North Lanarkshire.

The money was raised at a recent COSLA conference and the cheque was presented to North Lanarkshire Young Carers on Friday (15 December) by Paul Carberry, National Director of Action for Children Scotland and Councillor Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council

Young carers provide care and support to family members who may have a range of needs including disability, mental health and substance misuse. Action for Children Scotland aims to help these young carers in North Lanarkshire by safeguarding their health and wellbeing, supporting them with education, training and employment and increasing their access to leisure, cultural and social opportunities.

In 2015, North Lanarkshire Young Carers celebrated 20 years of providing support to young people across the region who have adopted care responsibility within their households.

Paul Carberry, Director of Action for Children Scotland, said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation from COSLA for our young carers service in North Lanarkshire.

"People are often amazed when they learn how much young carers do to help their families. Life can be tough so it’s crucial that we offer them support in a fun and friendly environment. This money will be used to provide outings and activities to give the young carers a break and enjoy being young."

Paul Carberry, Director of Action for Children Scotland

Councillor Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This local services provides valuable support to young carers across the whole of North Lanarkshire and has done for more than two decades. I was pleased to be able to present this cheque to North Lanarkshire Young Carers on behalf of COSLA and hope that it makes a big difference to the young people the service supports.