Swindon Carers Centre is delighted to have been successful in a bid for a Wiltshire Community Foundation Grant. Our Young Carer Forum Champions Programme will be funded by the #iwill programme. The Young Carer Forum is made of young carers who all live in Swindon and are aged 11-18 years old.

The #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. The Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport have invested £20 million each to the #iwill fund to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. Social action also develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.

The Young Carer Forum Champion Programme aims to improve the lives of the over 2,000 young carers in Swindon. The Young Carer Champions listen to young carer’s experiences of having a caring role and the services and support they have received and share the issues that are important to them on their behalf. The Young Carer Champions raise awareness of the challenges young carers face and speak directly to health and education professionals involved in service delivery.

Fiona Prinzi, Deputy CEO of SCC says, “The Young Carers Forum has been established for 8 years. It is vital we hear young carer voice and use this to inform how we run our services. This funding will help our Young Carers Forum to be heard and in turn, encourage young carers across Swindon to influence the type of support and recognition they need and deserve.

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