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SSHA supports region’s young carers

Carers Association South Staffordshire are celebrating following a donation of more than £1,700 by South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) for its Young Carers Project.

The money was raised by staff at SSHA after the charity was nominated by last year’s employee of the year Becky Raven-Smith. Staff took part in an Easter Egg hunt, dress down days and cake sales throughout last year, some staff members even took part in half marathons to raise money for the worthy cause.

The Young Carers Project, part of the Carers Association South Staffordshire, offers respite and support to people under the age of 18 who look after someone with a chronic or terminal illness, disability, mental health problem or an alcohol or drug dependency.

Mandy Rollins, young carers project manager at the charity comments: “Without charitable donations we wouldn’t be able to take our young carers away from their stressful and tiring day-to-day lives. This kind of respite is so important to them; many young carers feel alienated and lack the social interaction that their peers have. This money will enable us to take our young carers on various trips, including an exciting day out to the London Eye, and more importantly it will allow them to socialise with people of their own age who understand and share their issues.”

Jan Goode, director of customer services at SSHA, comments: “Our community is made up of some truly remarkable people and these young carers are a shining example. Our staff have really taken on the challenge to raise money for the Young Carers Project and we are proud to make this donation to them. We hope that the youngsters have some truly fantastic much-deserved days out.”

For more details about the Young Carers visit www.carersinformation.org.uk/young_carers_team

Photo shows Becky Raven-Smith presenting the cheque to Mandy Rollins.