Who do we help?
We’d like to put you in the shoes of a young carer. For you, mum doesn’t help you get ready for school in the morning. Instead, you have to make breakfast, help her take her medication and care for her. You aren’t the best student at school, perhaps because you’re distracted thinking about your mother, perhaps because you have to miss quite a lot of school because you need to take her to hospital appointments. It isn’t easy to make friends and in fact over 60% of young carers are bullied at school. You can be pretty moody sometimes and tend to lash out at people. You can’t spend too much time thinking about your future because it’s hard to imagine a time when you won’t have to care for your mum anymore. Research tells us that you’re likely to do less well in school, be less likely to get a job, suffer feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. You may even be self-destructive. Unfortunately, only half of young carers report that they have somebody at school they can talk to about their situation.
How do we help?
Our 3-year course is designed to help emotionally and practically. Our young people already have an incredible amount of resilience, but we help them to apply it to other parts of their lives through inspirational visits around the UK and abroad. At our workshops and social events we help broaden horizons by teaching practical skills like critical thinking, public speaking and computer literacy. Alongside our fantastic corporate partners like KPMG, CNN and YouTube, we help our young people to think about their future careers. Above all, we provide a place for our young people to come to where they can talk, share, learn and develop. However, we do need supporters to help ‘keep the lights on.’
We believe our course helps young people in a very practical way now, and gives them a real opportunity to prosper in the future.
Who do we work with?
All participants to the charity’s programme are referred by well-respected authorities. We get nominations from local schools and organisations that support young carers, and hospitals such as Chelsea Westminster Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. These high-profile relationships are a mark of trust in the foundation’s ability to deliver positive change. Click here to read the endorsement of a former prime minister! Over the course of 10 years we have built up an amazing network of relationships with experts in their field from business, sport, the arts, academia and government. The annual jewel in our crown is a trip to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo.
Here’s where you come in:
If you or your organisation are able to pledge your time and expertise by providing opportunities for our young people, please contact: email@example.com
You can help financially, through Corporate Responsibility support, matching the fundraising of individuals within the organisation, or including us within give-as-you-earn schemes. Alternatively, you may be able to offer work experience or become a mentor.
We dearly need financial support to keep our office space and central hub open. Our hub is a space which the young people can come to to work on their own projects, talk with their friends or just have a quiet cup of tea.
You can donate on our website to our ‘Keep the Lights On’ campaign or even become a ‘Friend of RF’ and support us financially and in person by coming along to our events and meeting some of the amazing people we work with.
Parents, Carers and Professionals
If you know a young person who could benefit from the course that we provide then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are the parent or carer of a young person who is already working with us we have a number of ways of getting in touch, see our contact us page.