A thank you to young carers

Brighterway are proud to be working alongside No Limits to provide Christmas stockings to young carers.

No Limits is an award-winning, local, independent charity that was founded in 1993 by a group of young people and local organisations who realised that young people needed somewhere to go for information, advice and counselling. In 27 years, It’s gone on to support thousands of young people in Southampton and across Hampshire through their advice centre, specialist projects and drop in sessions for schools / colleges.

The charity also provide respite and support to 50 young carers. Prior to Covid-19, they were holding regular meetings, 1:1 chats and various group activities such as bowling and Paultons Park. However, as a result of the pandemic a lot of the face to face and group activities have been moved over to Skype.

Brighterway had been successful in obtaining a grant from NHS charities together, and this has enabled the charity to support local community organisations that focus on combating isolation and loneliness.

The £2,000 donation will allow No Limits to buy the young carers a Christmas gift. Carers can often feel alone and isolated, this will be a way of lifting their spirits and saying thank you for all the time they give in the year caring for others, often being their own parents or family members. It’s vital to maintain contact with them and let them know that people do care, even though the group activities have stopped.

Alice Mooney, Service Manager at No Limits, said “2020 has been a really difficult year for children and young people; we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of young people facing loneliness, anxiety and mental health issues.

We know from research conducted by Action for Children last year, half of Young Carers miss out on Christmas social activities due to their caring role, this year it’s further exacerbated by the Covid-19 restrictions.

For many of the Young Carers we support, they don’t get the opportunity to fully experience the magic of Christmas, which is why we’re so grateful to Brighterway for bringing some Christmas joy to the Young Carers we support.”

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