CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE RAISES £90,000 FOR YOUNG CARERS CONNECT
Published 16:36 on 5 Jan 2021
Festival Theatres fundraising appeal to raise £91,000 to reconnect West Sussex
young carers with support, education and the arts has achieved its target in just
three months. Laptops are now being distributed to young caregivers throughout
the county in partnership with schools and West Sussex Young Carers Service.
There are an
estimated 6,000 young caregivers in the county under the age of 18 who take on
substantial responsibilities, providing vital care and support to their loved
ones when they are themselves just children and teenagers.
COVID-19, many remain confined to their homes as they continue to care for
vulnerable family members; they have been unable to access the help and support
they rely on, simply because they do not own, or are unable to afford a
computer or internet access.
Andrew Strong, Headteacher of Portfield Primary Academy, Chichester, which has received 12
laptops for pupils who are Young Carers, says: ‘Now (due to Covid restrictions) more than ever have we realised the
importance of staying connected. Many of our children do not have access to a
device of their own. We cannot thank Chichester Festival Theatre and all of
their kind donors enough for this amazing offer. 12 of our families will be
able to access online learning at home. They will be able to complete all of
their homework. Being part of the Young Carers Connect project will also
enable them to take part in virtual creative activities with CFT. Most of all
they will connect with other young like- minded people. What an amazing
Dale Rooks, Director of Learning, Education and
Participation at Chichester Festival Theatre, says: We are thrilled and incredibly grateful to everyone has who responded
so swiftly and generously to this appeal. Their support will enable 300 young
carers in West Sussex to receive the provision, skills and support they need to
become significantly more independent, resilient and inspired.
We have now begun to distribute laptops
which have been specially configured thanks to local IT support specialist
Protozoon to the young carers, who been nominated by their schools and the
Young Carers Service. We will be monitoring this pilot project over the next
year with a view to extending it in the future.
Young Carers Connect is supported by The G D Charitable Trust and the Noël Coward Foundation.
To read more about the project, please visit www.cft.org.uk/young-carers-connect
Last updated 09:14 on 3 March 2021