Child Carers

Our grant programme supports those 16 year olds and under who are looking after and caring for a loved one in need. Our funding provides respite and promotes happiness and fun for these young people sacrificing their childhood for those they love. If you are 16 year olds and under and a child carer, or an organisation providing services for child carers, please apply to the foundation as per our grant policies.

 

The Dreadnought Centre

The Dreadnought Centre is a registered Charity who have been working for over 40 years with children, young people and their families in Cornwall, who are experiencing difficulties in their lives – be it emotional, behavioural or physical.

the7stars Foundation is proud to have supported Dreadnought through funding Dreadnought’s Sibs, a non-issue-based peer support group for the siblings of life-limited and disabled children. This sponsorship provides a ‘safe space’ where Children and Young People are able to relax and socialise in a supportive and nurturing environment. Sibs.org.uk state that over half a million children and young people are growing up in the UK with a disabled sibling. Through partnership with Dreadnought’s Sibs, Children and Young People are able to have fun and develop new friendships with those who have an understanding of them, whilst having time out from the pressures of family life.

The grant provides 6 evening groups and 3 holiday activity sessions for up to 12 siblings per session, including activities such as sports, art and craft, cooking and music. There are also opportunities for a Child or Young Person to talk with one of the experienced team members in the group on a one to one basis allowing additional support.

The evidence of the project so far is a clear indicator of the positive impact on the siblings and their families. Parents have noted an increase in the confidence of their child, friendships developed in the group have continued outside of the group.

“Siblings of children with disabilities are at a greater risk than average of developing emotional issues, anxiety, and stress” Psychology Today


Carers FIRST

Carers FIRST supports over 23,500 Carers aged 5-105 and their families, providing emotional and practical support, advice, information and guidance. There are over 700,000 young carers in the UK and this number is rising. 73% take time off school/their studies to cope with their caring responsibilities, and 50% report being tired or stressed.

the7stars foundation is delighted to have supported their project benefiting 50 young carers (7-16 years old), and their families. Our funding enables social day trips to attractions for young carers. Social trips will give respite from their role in a safe, supportive and positive environment; enabling them to relax, socialise with other young carers, have fun and ensure they don’t miss out on their childhoods

Funding from the7stars foundation gives young carers better chances in life through addressing the difficulties they face. The support we have provided helps achieve the improvement of young carers’ physical and psychological health and well-being, in addition to raising their aspirations by valuing and acknowledging their caring roles.

“It is important that carers are identified and supported early to ensure that the health and well-being of the carer, and the person being cared for are protected. Those particularly vulnerable are carers that are very young or elderly”. Medway’s Joint Strategic Needs Analysis (JSNA)

“Funding from the7stars foundation gives young carers better chances in life through addressing the difficulties they face.”


Action for Children

the7stars foundation has partnered with Action for Children, providing vital support to the most disadvantaged children, young people and their families in the heart of local communities across the UK. Last year Action for Children reached 301,000 individuals.

The support provided will allow a Residential Break for young carers (YCs) from North Yorkshire who are known to live in difficult and challenging home conditions, exacerbated by disability, impairments and poor mental health of their parents or siblings. The Residential offers respite from YCs caring roles and allows time away from extremely difficult roles. A wide range of adventure activities will be provided, giving YCs the chance to explore their strengths and develop self-awareness, strengthening the development of important life skills.

Through this funding, young carers are given the opportunity to build up their confidence, self esteem and coping mechanisms. This in turn will contribute towards preventing family breakdown, improving relationships and enhance skills for future development. YCs are often negatively impacted by their caring role, which in turn can impact their future life chances, including educational attainment and progress. This project will develop and increase confidence and resilience for YCs. The focus of improving self esteem and the transferable skills learned through this experience, also supports emotional well-being back in the home environment to enhance coping skills and better manage aspects of their caring roles.

the7stars Foundation believes children must be allowed to thrive and enjoy their childhoods, in partnership with Action for Children we strive to make the lives of YCs better wherever possible.

“This project will develop and increase confidence and resilience for YCs.”


The Jessie May Trust

JMT provides free specialist respite and palliative nursing care to terminally ill children. We have provided funding for their very special Annual Whole Family Christmas Party. The event is a highlight for the young people and their families, with a specific focus on the young siblings who find themselves in a carer role, in light of their sibling’s illness. The event is an important social gathering for those currently caring for a terminally ill child or sibling or who are recently bereaved.

The families come together to share experiences and many build long lasting friendships. The venue accommodates the needs of all the terminally ill children and is fully staffed by Jessie May nurses, so the families can have the space to relax and celebrate together. Young carers can run around together, play, have their faces painted, and more.

“Being able to celebrate all together as a family really made our Christmas. We don’t get to go out much socially, so thank you to everyone who helped organise the party and for making us feel so welcome”

“The Jessie May Christmas Party is the highlight of our year. We look forward to it all year and every year you deliver. This year was the best one to date! We will be talking about this and cherishing the memories for a long time to come – thank you.”

jessiemay.org.uk


Friends of Chums

Friends of Chums provide mental health and emotional well being support for children and young people in Bedfordshire. The7stars Foundation is proud to fund a day trip to the Kempston Outdoor Centre for young carers to take part in a fun, challenging and engaging day out.

Chums support 200 young carers and aim to provide them with fun and enjoyable respite activities to take them away from their daily caring roles. Our grant funding has allowed the charity to make this opportunity available and more accessible to all young carers and offer to those who are least likely to come forward.

The day trip to the Kempston Outdoor Centre has a range of beneficial experiential activities and the children can take part in multiple challenges to increase their physical, mental, emotional well-being and improve social engagement and behaviour.

“With the funding you supplied, we were able to transport and take 24 young people to Kempston Outdoor centre for 3 hours of activities including high ropes, crate stacking, problem solving, bushcraft as well as bouldering and traversing (low level climbing). I cannot stress enough how important these activities are to these young people. For some of them, this would have been their first and only opportunity to try this activity and to be outside of their home in the summer holidays mixing with their peers, and enabling them to be children without the burden of family responsibility.”

“The boy, as usual, got home smiling as they had such a lot of fun, enjoyed all the activities as well as playing with friends whom they were happy to see again. No complaints at all. Thank you all so very much”

“Really enjoyed the indoor climbing wall today – it was great for her to enjoy a new experience and value the day out with CHUMS. In sum another wonderful trip.”

chums.uk.com


The Benjamin Foundation

The7stars Foundation has partnered with The Benjamin Foundation (TBF) in funding the linking of their ‘Time for You’ service with their ‘BOOM! Young Carers Service’ in Norfolk, providing child carers with access to emotional well-being support in self-confidence, self-esteem, resilience, and help with emerging mental health difficulties.

Time for You, works in partnership with schools, ensuring children and young people are supported when circumstances challenge their emotional health and well-being by providing early interventions to avoid long term issues.

BOOM! Young Carers is contracted by the local authority to run regular young carers’ groups around the county. The sessions provide a safe and supportive environment for young carers to enable them to let their hair down, make friends, play, socialise and forget their caring responsibilities for a little while.

“Funding from the 7Stars Foundation is enabling us to significantly enhance the emotional wellbeing of young carers in Norfolk, helping them to reach their potential.”

benjaminfoundation.co.uk


Create!

The7stars Foundation is delighted to fund Create!’s art workshops for young carers.

Create! is the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts. They use creativity to ignite imaginations to help develop confidence, build self-belief, and relationships.

The grant funded Create!’s art workshops, through collaboration with Richmond Carers Centre (RCC), for young carers to help the young people develop creative expression, teamwork, and friendships among other participants. Young carers continually put other people’s needs first, which can lead to anxiety, isolation and a lack of confidence. The art workshops provide time away from their caring responsibilities, which they infrequently have access to.

Through the creative process and experience, the workshops allow young carers to develop new skills and become more enriched which benefits themselves as well as their families quality of life in return.

createarts.org.uk


Ability North London

the7stars Foundation is pleased to partner with Ability North London in funding their major annual trip, which brings child carers from across London together for a fun day out.

The fun day out, called “See Sunshine”, takes the children far away from the struggles and stresses of their challenging responsibilities of caring for a special needs/mentally ill parent or sibling. Young carers and 15% vulnerable children from across London gather together in ecstasy for support, respite, and fun along with their volunteers who have been in similar positions and have emerged stronger and healthier.

Ability North London go above and beyond to help vulnerable youth and young carers to beat the barriers and challenges in their lives. They empower young vulnerable people to grow from their challenges and use their obstacles as stepping stones. Looking after an ill parent whether it mental or physical illness is not easy and there can be stigma and unproportional responsibilities which rob their childhood and happiness out of being children. Ability North London offer fun and respite so all children will feel like children.

“Seeing Sunshine” offers time away from their daunting responsibilities at home and providing the much-needed respite.
• An opportunity for children enduring similar stresses to support each other, which will reduce the social isolation
• The care-free seaside trip gives the young people a feeling of a happy and fun childhood
• Therapeutic bonuses such as breathing exercises and pony riding enhance their trip and healing experience

Was a pleasure working with such a caring and friendly team who look out to help and are flexible and patient with us appreciating as a small charity focus on charitable work we do not have much admin resources.


The Honeypot Children’s Charity

the7stars Foundation is honoured to provide The Honeypot Children’s Charity with funding towards their Respite Breaks Programme.

The Honeypot Children’s Charity provides respite breaks and on-going outreach support to young carers and vulnerable children aged 5-12 years old of age who cares for a parent, sibling or other relatives.

Our funding will provide 36 London children with a break from their demanding caring roles.

When not at school, these children take on duties such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, changing dressings, bathing and offering emotional support. This leaves little time for their own social and personal development, putting them at high risk of depression, anxiety, absence from school, social problems, isolation and poor mental or physical health.

The respite breaks benefit the children attending Honeypot by growing their confidence and social skills through interaction with other children. They have the opportunity to be children while developing all-around practical and social skills.

The funded grant has enabled the Honeypot Children’s Charity to support children on their waiting list, enabling the programme to support more children with respite breaks.

“The7stars foundation has enabled the Honeypot Children’s Charity to provide a much needed break for young carers who would otherwise have no respite from their demanding responsibilities at home.”

“Thanks to the generosity of the7Stars Foundation, we were able to offer a weekend respite break to 10 children from a young carers group from west London. Aged 5-12 years old, these children were able to take a rare break from their caring responsibilities at home and enjoy the sort of activities that most children take for granted, such as riding bikes and go-karts, splashing about in the indoor swimming pool, team games, having a picnic lunch and just playing freely in the countryside. The break may have been a short one but the happy memories made on it will stay with these children for a lifetime. We are enormously grateful to The7Stars Foundation for making this possible.”

honeypot.org.uk


Sheffield Young Carers Project

Sheffield Young Carers Project (SYC) was set up in 1997 to raise awareness of and provide support to children and young people from Sheffield aged 8 to 25 who provide substantial unpaid care to a member of their family. Young carers are a largely hidden group due to the stigma attached to caring and the fear of what might happen if people find out.

SYC’s current services include one-to-one and group support for young carers along:
• School holiday activities and respite breaks
• Family support service for families with mental illness/substance misuse issues
• Support through key transitions and training e.g. primary school
• Support and advice for third parties e.g. schools and health services to enable them to support young carers within their own setting

Their services are free of charge and young carers’ travel expenses are paid.

the7stars Foundation is delighted to partner with the Sheffield Young Carers Project. Our funding provides the one-to-one worker program with the means to provide practical and emotional support to young carers ages 8 to 12 years.

The dedicated One-to-One Worker is essential in helping to:
• Ensure that some of the Sheffield’s most vulnerable children and young people access the support they need — as soon as possible
• Meet their aims as an organisation (to reduce isolation and stigma, increase young carers’ access to social, educational and career opportunities, and provide practical and emotional support
• Reduce the impact of caring on the young carers we support

Following support, young carers:
• 75% report feeling more confident
• 75% report feeling less isolated
• 92% report feeling closer to their personal goals

The one-to-one support allows the children to talk openly and explore new coping strategies, as well allows them to develop a greater understanding of the severity of their circumstances.

“Sheffield Young Carers was established in 1997 to offer practical and emotional support to children and young people who provide a substantial amount of unpaid care to one or more sick or disabled members of their family.

The grant from the7stars foundation has part-funded our fantastic One-to-One Worker Luke for another year, allowing him to continue providing vital one-to-one support to young carers from all over the city. We can’t thank the7stars foundation enough!”

sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk


Edinburgh Young Carers

The Edinburgh Young Carers provides a range of individual, group and specialist support for young carers aged 5 – 20 years old and their families. The EYC is based in Edinburgh and its surrounding areas where they aim to help young carers overcome disadvantage, reach their potential and experience childhoods in accordance with the rights of the child.

the7stars Foundation is delighted to have funded the EYC in support of their project focused on specialist counselling support for young carers who are supporting a parent(s) with addiction problems.

Specialist counselling includes:

• Group based support
• Specialist 1-1 support
• Specialist support for carers of parents with drug and alcohol problems
• Family outreach work
• Residential and holiday outings
• Awareness raising and support in schools

Our funding has helped support child carers of parents with drug and alcohol addiction problems and reduce their risk of developing negative coping strategies in helping them reach their potential through improving their mental wellbeing.

youngcarers.org.uk


 

Happy Days

Happy Days Children’s Charity provides holidays, residential trips, day trips and visiting theatre performances for children who have disabilities or life limiting conditions and children who have been abused or who are young carers. Happy Days helps to develop children between the ages of 3 – 17 years in their physical, mental and spiritual well being by bringing them happiness and fun.

the7stars Foundation is proud to partner with Happy Days, funding a trip to Happy Potter World for 40 young carers aged 6–13 years of age.

Happy Days’ trips are great morale boosters for the young carers, allowing them to meet other children and young people in similar positions.

Our funding will further fairness and impact as young carers are often neglected when it comes to recreational outings and holidays and they will be relieved of their day to day caring roles.

“Happy Days Charity is thrilled to have a partnership with the7stars foundation, which will enable us to help in the region of 40 children from Luton and close surrounds, who act as a young carer for another family member. This means that they rarely get the opportunity to take part in many leisure time activities. The trip we are planning to Warner Bros. Studios for a ‘Harry Potter’ experience, will enable them to make new friends and take part in an activity more often enjoyed by the wider community. Thereby promoting social inclusion. We are extremely grateful for this help in making this trip possible to some very deserving young children.”

happydayscharity.org