Gloucestershire Young Carers wins tops prize at national charity event
Gloucestershire Young Carers has been named the overall winner of this year’s GSK IMPACT Awards* at a ceremony held at London’s Science Museum last night. The charity was selected for special recognition from over four hundred charities nationwide who applied for funding from GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme. Gloucestershire Young Carers stood out for their support for young people, up to the age of 25, with caring responsibilities for a family member with physical disabilities, mental health issues, or substance misuse. The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund and now in their seventeenth year, are seen as a mark of achievement in the not-for-profit sector.
As many as one in twelve young people in the UK might be caring for someone in their family. Having caring responsibilities at a young age can have detrimental effects on young people, both physically and mentally. Gloucestershire Young Carers aims to create a network for young carers across the county, working with them to ensure their needs are understood and they and their families are supported appropriately. They have established a young carers’ forum and run support and activity groups for young carers and their families. They also provide training and information to young carers and their families. Gloucestershire Young Carers also help raise awareness of the issues faced by young carers amongst social workers, mental health practitioners, substance misuse practitioners, teachers and GPs.
As well as receiving £40,000 in unrestricted funding, Gloucestershire Young Carers will be able to access a unique programme of training, development and networking opportunities organised by The King’s Fund and join the GSK IMPACT Award network of previous winners.
Ele Semadeni, Operations Manager of Gloucestershire Young Carers, said:
‘We are overwhelmed and humbled by receiving the overall winner award. All the other award winners are so inspirational. This accolade recognises the dedication and innovative work that we undertake by the staff and volunteers at our charity. We are always looking at innovative ways to ensure that young carers are identified, and that they are their families receive the support that they need. Most of all, this award recognises the commitment of the young people that are our inspiration.’
Katie Pinnock, Director of UK Corporate Contributions at GSK said:
‘I am delighted that Gloucestershire Young Carers have been specially recognised for the work they do giving young people a safe space allowing them, if only for a short time, to forget about being a ‘carer’ in an adult’s world. Young People’s issues and needs are at the heart of everything the team at GYC does, making them a very deserving overall winner for the 2014 GSK IMPACT Awards’ .
A judging panel of health and charity experts who chose the winners includes broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Care at the Care Quality Commission; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK, and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.
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Gloucestershire Young Carers: www.glosyoungcarers.org.uk
Statistics on young carers
A 2010 University of Nottingham survey for the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/11758368) identified that as many as one in twelve young people might be caring for someone in their family. Caring responsibilities at a young age can have detrimental effects on young carers. The most direct impact is to young carers of parents with mental ill health. The Children’s Society (http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/report_hidden-from-view_young-carers_final.pdf) highlights the impact on young carers as: injury from lifting; becoming ill themselves; behavioural difficulties due to emotional problems; isolation; and lack of time for healthy activities such as sport and leisure. Other reports demonstrate that young carers experience sleep problems, eating problems and self-harm. The Gloucestershire Online Pupil Survey 2013 indicates that young carers are more than twice as likely to have witnessed domestic abuse.
* GSK IMPACT Awards
The awards are open to charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2million that are at least three years old. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submissions: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need.
This year almost £340,000 in prize money will be awarded to charities through the GSK IMPACT Awards. There are ten GSK IMPACT Award winners who each receive £30,000, and ten runner up organisations who each receive £3,000. The overall winner is awarded an additional £10,000 in unrestricted funding.
Since its inception in 1997, over 300 community health care charities have received a GSK IMPACT Award and funding totalling almost £5million.
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