Our Young People
Working with these three groups we have developed specialist knowledge and strong relationships with related public bodies.
Young carers are young people under 18 years old who provide regular and on-going support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, or misuses substances. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister by doing extra job in and around the home. Across the whole of the UK, it is estimated that the value of unpaid care provided specifically by young carers is approximately £3.8 billion (Valuing Carers, 2015). The true cost, however, it is the consequence of dealing with a young person whose potential has been thwarted. That’s where we come in.
Young patients may be experiencing lifelong, life-limiting medical conditions and are under the care of a hospital. Renaissance Foundation specifically supports young patients who are in the process of transitioning from paediatric (child) to adult services, a process which involves taking on greater responsibility over their own care. The issues faced by young patients with life-limiting conditions in transitioning care are severe and varied, and recent research has demonstrated that these young people’s physical and emotional needs are often not met: a 2014 study conducted by the Care Quality Commission found that many young people felt they were simply ‘told to get on with it’. It has therefore become an area of significant concern among medical institutions and practitioners. We work to help make this transition as smooth and informed as possible.
Previously we have worked with a school in Tower Hamlets, a borough where over 43% of children live in poverty. A recent Social Mobility Report found that children from families of low socio-economic status participate less in physical and cultural activities, have fewer positive role models and their families engage less with schools. Consequently, there can be harmful implications which range from bullying to gang exposure. Studies have shown that these students can struggle to find a place in full time education, employment or training and this can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health and increase the likelihood of unemployment, low wages, or low quality of work later on in life (NEET: House of Commons, Dec 2017).