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Spurgeons to continue support for young carers in Birmingham

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Spurgeons to continue support for young carers in Birmingham

Spurgeons Children’s Charity is delighted to announce it has retained the Birmingham Children’s Trust contract to deliver support services for the city’s young carers, following a successful retender.

Having worked with young carers and their families in Birmingham since 2009, the new contract will take effect from 1 July 2019. It’s estimated that, in Birmingham, there are more than 11,000 children and young people under 18 who care for a parent, grandparent, sibling or other relative by providing practical and/or emotional help.

Supporting more young carers

This contract and a range of partnerships with other organisations will enable Spurgeons to provide a package of support for more young carers and their families, including:

  • Providing the chance to meet and socialise with other young people and have a break from their caring role
  • Tailored support on a one to one basis
  • Organising special interest groups on issues affecting young carers
  • Residential opportunities, including the Young Carers’ Festival
  • Trips and activities for young carers and for the whole family
  • Counselling support, where needed.

Spurgeons also provides Young Carer services in Dudley and Wolverhampton.

“This is fantastic news for Spurgeons, our Birmingham team and of course for the young carers and their families that we support,” said Jackie Benton, who manages the project.

“Our new service will allow us to work with more young people and further strengthen our presence in Birmingham, as well as develop additional and innovative ways of identifying more young carers in need of our support.

“If you know of young carers who are not currently being supported then please get in touch,” she added.

Winning the new contract was testament to the hard work and achievements of the service, according to Spurgeons Chief Executive Ross Hendry who applauded the team effort in developing a compelling future vision for the new service.

“This new contract means that we can continue to build strong relationships with families and we are excited about being able to develop our work further with young carers across Birmingham in the years ahead.”

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