SCOTLAND’S army of unpaid young adult carers received a welcome boost this week as The Co-operative unveiled The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (part of Carers Trust) as its Charity of the Year 2013.
Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive of The Co-operative, said: “I am delighted to announce that we are now able to offer then our support and, I am confident that with the help of our staff, customers and members we will be able to make a massive difference to thousands of young lives across the UK.”
The charity is now set to benefit from The Co-operative’s 100,000 staff putting fun into fundraising to raise the money needed to reduce the feeling of isolation and provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice and support for young adults living with the challenges of caring.
There are an estimated six million carers in the UK – a figure forecast to rise to nine million over the next 25 years – of which, approaching 500,000 are aged 14 to 25 and are caring for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
Mr Marks added: “Caring is often a hidden issue and our partnership with Carers Trust aims to change that.
“Forming an integral part of our commitment to inspiring young people, the focus of our Charity of the Year relationship will be on 14 to 25 year olds in our communities who have taken on practical and emotional caring responsibilities for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support.”
Thea Stein, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, commented: “We are absolutely delighted, we believe that something extraordinary needed to happen to achieve a UK-wide profile for our cause and, this is it.
“Whether on the bus or train, in a supermarket or walking down the high street, you are passing people who are carers. “Our partnership with The Co-operative will focus on the lives of young adult carers and the money raised will transform many of these young people’s lives, not just for today, or tomorrow, but for ever – importantly, it will also take the hidden issue of unpaid carers to centre stage.
“We are looking forward to a wonderful, transformative year,” she added.
For more information, please visit www.co-operative.coop/charityoftheyear