The youngest carers in Hartlepool have been offered support from a regional builder’s charity scheme to support under 18s.
Hartlepool Carers has been gifted £1,000 from Persimmon Homes Teesside’s Building Futures scheme.
The group provides information, advice and guidance to unpaid carers including peer-to-peer support, one-to-one support, access to breaks and activities, and education, employment and volunteering support.
Sarah Rowntree, for Hartlepool Carers, explained: “We are currently providing support to 210 children aged from five to 17, but estimate there are around 2,000 such young carers within the town who need our support and we are working hard to target and engage these hard to reach young people.
“This is a very welcome donation from Persimmon Homes and the funds will be spent on our peer to peer support groups which run for our young carers. These take place four times per week for different ages and include crafts, sports, baking and games to give young carers a break from their role at home.”
Joan Peart, sales director at Persimmon Homes Teesside, based in Thornaby, said: “There are so many hidden carers in the community and we are pleased to be able to support some of the youngest ones in our area.”
Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association, and the company enlisted the help of World Championship silver medallist and Tokyo Olympic Games and Team GB hopeful Laviai Nielsen (Track and Field) to launch the scheme.
A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.
Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.
In each sector – education & arts, health and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.
Joan added: “Last year we supported Butterwick Hospice Kidz Club, Hartlepool College and Norton Cricket Club Juniors with Building Futures funding.
“We are looking for groups, charities and individuals to come forward with their amazing ideas on how to spend the big cash prizes. We will consider anything from new clubhouses and kit, to education and arts centres, medical research and support groups.”
To find out more about Building Futures visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/