PKAVS Young Carers Service is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. greenspace Scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Our Young Carers Service is one of the groups on the short list. We support nearly 300 young carers throughout Perth & Kinross aged 8-16 years old who may have a caring role at home; look after parents or siblings who may be ill, disabled or have mental health problems.
Young carers help out with any adult like responsibilities including cooking, cleaning and shopping, they can also provide a significant amount of emotional support. The Young Carers Service provides support to allow the young people to be children first and carers second. We provide respite groups, day trips and residential activities, and we also offer one to one support and advocacy.
We are applying for funding to support our respite groups and to provide equipment and materials for them. Our groups provide vital respite for our young carers, it offers them time to focus on their own health and wellbeing and gives them a break from their caring role. The group activities allow them to access life opportunities that they may have otherwise been denied; it is also a great opportunity for them to develop their social skills and in particular, meet other people who are in similar situations to themselves and who experience comparable challenges in their daily lives.
The Young Carers Service promotes social inclusion by giving the young carers opportunities to form meaningful peer relationships which they may not otherwise be able to access. This, in turn, reduces isolation and promotes positive self-esteem.
We support young carers from a range of diverse backgrounds regardless of any protected characteristics. We are always actively seeking to identify further hidden young carers within the community.
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
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