To mark Young Carers Awareness Day, Thursday 25 January, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is launching a project that will help young carers develop a future beyond their caring roles. With research showing that 70 per cent of young carers are NEET’s, the project – coined the ‘Get Set programme’ – will support young carers in Ealing with training and employment opportunities.
Ali Umar, who is a young carer for his mum, will certainly reap the benefits from the project: “As a young carer, I take care of my younger siblings and think of them before I think of myself. In practical terms, I take them to school, make food for them and look after them. Basically, I’ve had to grow up a lot faster, because I have to think like a grown-up.”
The project hopes to bridge the gap for young carers who are often denied training and educational opportunities due to care commitments. The programme will include work visits, placements, CV writing support, and workshops with potential employers. Brentford FC CST already runs a hugely successful young carers’ project; last year alone the Trust worked with nearly 200 young carers through educational and sporting activities.
Lee Doyle, Chief Executive of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, said: “Since Ealing Council commissioned Brentford FC CST to run their young carers programme we have increased participation in the programme from 25 young carers to nearly 200. The Get Set programme aims to enhance the existing project and empower young carers to achieve their life goals – regardless of their personal circumstances.”
The Get Set Programme is funded by the Pathways charity and the Fearless Foundation, which was set-up in memory of Danny Fullbrook –a well-known and respected sports journalist for the Daily Star.
Mark Dickinson, who helped set up the Fearless Foundation, said: “The Fearless Foundation’s ethos has always been about inspiring young people to achieve their goals; this project will help young carers receive specialist training and support that they vitally need.”