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Jul 27, 2015

Wiltshire Young Carers' Service Given Two Vital Funding Boosts

Youth Action Wiltshire can continue its support of Wiltshire’s young carers following a kind donation from students of St. John's Community College and a successful fundraising event.

Opera Brava was held on 6th June to raise money for YAW to provide support to young carers through the move into secondary school or college. The Wiltshire Young Carers team will offer individual mentoring and group work to those young people aged 11-18 years who are caring for family members when they are moving into secondary education, choosing GCSE’s or moving to further education.

In addition, the team will work with three schools in raising awareness of understanding the needs of young carers, running support workshops, and to develop a Young Carer’s School Pack.

Niki Andrews, Young Carers Manager said "The money raised through the Opera Brava event will allow us to expand our support to young carers, as well as working with the school to raise awareness of the difficulties faced at this time of a young carers life when they may have to reduce their caring role of a loved one"

Thanks to the YAW committee of volunteers, generous partners and sponsors - a tremendous £11,575 was raised.

Christmas 2014 is a treasured memory for International Baccalaureate Diploma students at St John's Community College in Marlborough after raising £2,100 for local charities.

Following their Christmas pantomime, the students held a presentation event in June to hand over £700 to Wiltshire Mind, Propect Hospice and Wiltshire Young Carers.

Sharon Woolley, Head of Communication and Fundraising at Community First said “Wiltshire Young Carers was delighted to have been chosen by the students as one of the charities to support. The £700 will provide two respite sessions to two groups of young carers, giving them a break from their caring roles, at the same time giving them an opportunity to gain new skills and experiences"

“A huge thank you to the students - they should be very proud of their work and the money they have raised in support of local causes."

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