'Positive Steps' wins Children in Need grant to help young carers in Oldham

Reporter: Jess Reeves
Date published: 15 March 2019

A well-deserved grant has been awarded to 'Positive Steps' from BBC Children in Need, to help deliver a health and well being project for young carers in Oldham.

Oldham young carers define a young carer as ‘A young person who, without payment, provides help and support to a parent, sibling or other family member, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.’

This can have many disadvantages, as their caring responsibilities can have a negative effect on their personal development, friendships, and their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

The £50,418 reward has been given to 'Positive Steps' to aid the project which will work with the carers who are preparing for the transition to adult life. It will provide individual mentoring, encouraging them to engage in further education, training or employment and helping them to develop vital life skills.

Rina Dabhi, Director of Family Services at Positive Steps said, “It’s fantastic news to hear that we’ve been awarded this grant from BBC Children in Need. With this funding we’ll be able to make a positive difference to the lives of young carers in Oldham and help to prepare them for the future.”

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