Yate Rotary Club gives cash boost to group supporting young carers

February 28 2016

A DONATION of £1,250 has been given by Yate Rotary Club to a group that supports young carers.

Yate Rotary Club

A DONATION of £1,250 has been given by Yate Rotary Club to a group that supports young carers.
The children and young people who meet at the 13Up Club look after a family member who has a disability, a long term illness or is affected by mental ill health or substance misuse, taking on responsibilities normally only expected of an adult.   But every month they can go along to St Nicholas Family Centre in Abbotswood to meet other young carers and have a break from their caring duties.
The group is open to those aged between 13 and 18, with 40 in the area currently eligible to attend.
It costs £5,000 a year to run the club, with most of the money going on transport to the venue and rental of rooms, but the sum has to be raised entirely through grants and charitable donations.
As well as its donation, Yate Rotary will also be providing help and support to a forthcoming 13Up Club fun day on Saturday, March 19, by organising pig racing, table skittles and helping with craft work.  
Other recent involvement by the club included a cookery demonstration by Rotarian Malcolm Greenaway and his partner Carolyn Baker, who made and then served up a macaroni cheese meal for the carers.
Young people who care for a family member can contact Carol Carter, a family support worker for young carers in South Gloucestershire, on 0117 958 9979 to get help and advice.