Somerset Freemasons have donated £17,500 to the Young Carers Development Trust. The charity tackles the lack of opportunity experienced by many young carers particularly during the Pandemic. Leader of the Somerset Freemasons, David Medlock said “Children who are young carers miss out on all sorts of opportunities from education to social and developmental activities. Across the country Freemasons have recognised this and are delighted to be able to assist such a deserving cause.”
Charity Manager Karina Eccles said “On average each year 48 school days (10 weeks) are missed because of their caring roles – I thank the Freemasons for this most generous donation which will help us to provide resources and mentoring for these young people.” The trust works with carers from Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucester, Wiltshire and Bath.
Dr David Staples, chief executive of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) – the Freemasons Governing body, said: “With donations we are making across the country, we are helping with training, counselling, support, mental and physical health, as well as activities to reduce stress. We want to recognise the enormous contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. They do their best because they want to make a difference and care deeply for their family members.”
Nationally over 20,000 unpaid carers are receiving crucial support on-line, in particular, the project is providing 870 young carers with respite through activities and breaks, while 760 young carers are being provided with essential items and life skills. Elsewhere, almost 100 schools are receiving assistance to identify hidden young carers and provide support. In total, more than 1,800 young carers are receiving advice, support and information.