Friends of Young Carers Charity Launch

Date Released - 11/09/2007

AROUND 180 young people in Tameside care for a member of their family, including children of primary school age.

A new ‘Friends of Tameside Young Carers’ charity will be launched next Wednesday (12 September ) to give extra support to these children and young people to help them get on with activities that are usually seen as part of normal childhood.

By having to care for parents or siblings, due to circumstances beyond their control, they are missing out on activities that other children may take for granted such as trips to the cinema, sports, swimming or holidays.

The charity is hoping to attract additional resources through business support and sponsorship opportunities.

Councillor Alison Gwynne, Councillor John Taylor and Councillor Jim Middleton are trustees of the charity. The Mayor, Cllr Michael Smith will launch the Charity at a special evening event at Ashton Town Hall at 7.00pm.

The programme for the evening will include presentations from people who have been young carers and the Executive Director of Children's Services, Ian Smith. Ashton resident Bill Tarmey, more famously known as Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street will also be at the launch.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Cabinet Deputy for Children and Young People said: “We’d like to provide even more support to these young carers and we hope setting up the charity will provide the extra funds we need.

“ We are encouraging businesses to offer their support but it’s not just about donating money. It could be staff time or sharing a particular skill with us, for example a dance instructor could give us their time and that’s just one example of a real, fun activity that our young carers would enjoy.”

Businesses who would like to support the Young Carers Charity in anay way should contact Briana Strickland or Lucy Davies in Children's Services, for more information on 0161 342 3259.

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