We’re pleased to announce that our new national charity partner for the next three years will be Carers Trust (formerly The Princess Royal Trust for Carers).
The charity was set up on the initiative of HRH The Princess Royal in 1991, to help carers gain recognition and provide them with the support required to meet their diverse needs.
We will support this important work with a £50,000 annual grant from the Openwork Foundation, our community programme. The grant, which will run from 2012 to 2014, will create two new funding programmes for young carers: Opening Doors and Respite Break.
‘Opening Doors’ is aimed at identifying hidden young carers (approximately 1,350 in total) to enable them to access the charity’s services. ‘Respite Break’ is a focused programme to allow those undertaking the heaviest caring roles (around 300 carers) to attend a relief break aimed at increasing their self-awareness and identifying their aspirations.
As The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Carers Trust has done invaluable work for young carers over a long period of time and we are very pleased to be able to offer them our support for the next three years.