Congratulations to St Helens Carers Centre and Wargrave House, both of whom have been successful in securing funding from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). St Helens Carers will receive £25,000, whilst Wargrave House will receive £15,000
To celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry, the Masonic Charitable Foundation held a public vote to decide how to spend £3 million of charity funding.
A spokesperson for MCF said “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the MCF Community Awards by voting and by encouraging their friends and families to vote. Over 177,000 people cast their votes to support a cause that matters to them and the 300 nominated charities received a fantastic amount of support from their local communities”
— StHelensYoungCarers (@StHelYoungCarer) September 6, 2017
About St Helens Carers Centre
We support Young Carer aged 6 – 18 years, we currently have over 515 Young people accessing our services. Our Young Carers Centre is located in the heart of St Helens. It is a safe, relaxing and friendly environment/hub; a place which is easily accessible, giving Young Carers a sense of belonging and purpose within their community. The young people we support care for a family member who due to an illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction (alcohol/drugs) could not cope without their support. They provide practical & emotional support, with some as young as 6 providing personal care to a parent. Without our support, most young carers would miss out on the opportunities that should be available to all children. They can face daily challenges including living in poverty, becoming socially isolated, falling behind at school; as a result they may themselves become withdrawn, depressed, self-harm, lack confidence and have no aspirations.
Our aim is for them to realise that they have choices when deciding which pathway to take in life, a future ahead that can be viewed with optimism and excitement, not full of constraints. We also want to give them their childhood back. Our work includes intensive family work, 1:1 emotional support, regular respite/residential trips, training/talk sessions, advocacy, emergency planning, peer support, late night/school drop in etc. We work to improve their social life, education & health, preventing families from reaching crisis.
About Wargrave House
Wargrave House is a non-maintained residential special school and college for children and young people aged 5-25 years, diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. We have operated as a registered charity since the school opened in 1971 as the first residential school for children with ASD in the North West.
Photo – Some members of the St Helens Carers team