Crossroads ready to start young carers project

Crossroads Cowal and Bute has been given �542,643 by the Big Lottery Fund to establish a Young Carers project in the area.
Crossroads Cowal and Bute has been given �542,643 by the Big Lottery Fund to establish a Young Carers project in the area.

Bute’s young carers will soon be able to take advantage of a new project designed to offer help and support in their daily lives.

Crossroads Cowal and Bute, as we reported back in December, secured a grant of £542,643 to set up a young carers project for the first time, supporting children and young people who have caring roles for family members.

That project, while still in its infancy, now has a co-ordinator in place - Mags Todd - and is also currently recruiting for two support workers and an administrator. Efforts are also being made to secure premises, with plans for sessions in Rothesay and Dunoon.

There are many reasons a child or young person could be a carer, for a parent, elderly relative, sibling., etc.

Children and young people do not always know they are a ‘young carer’, and the charity wants to ensure children and young people are aware of Crossroads Young Carers and feel able to get in touch should they want support.

Mags told us: “We will be working with schools, community groups and organisations to establish links and provide access to the project. We are looking at putting together a Young Carers Focus Group - one for Rothesay Academy and one for Dunoon Grammar - to give children and young people a voice in their project from the outset. Crossroads Young Carers has a Facebook page and although the project is in the early stages at present we can be contacted via this page and hope to provide information as it becomes available.”

Click here to visit the Crossroads Young Carers Project Facebook page; for further information, or to speak directly with Mags about the project, call 01369 707700.