A group of students from Portlethen Academy, Aberdeenshire have been awarded £3000 to grant directly to The Young Carers Service following their successful involvement in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).
The Aberdeenshire Young Carers service supports young carers up to the age of 18 who have a significant caring role in the home. This could be caring for a parent, sibling or grandparent, as long as they live at the same address.
Young carers have a range of tasks to carry out in their caring role, such as helping with housework, taking care of siblings when a parent is unable to, administering medication or providing emotional support to the person they care for. The Young Carers Service provide support to these young carers, helping them develop essential life skills, build self confidence and also help provide respite so they can have a break away from their role.
During the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, the pupils of Portlethen Academy worked hard to research the needs of their local area and identify the charity they felt was best placed to support their community.
In teams, students then researched their chosen charity in great detail and, following skills training in advocacy and public speaking, delivered innovative presentations focused on the impact their chosen charity is making locally, and the reasons their chosen charity is most deserving of support. The group judged to have made the most knowledgeable and impassioned presentation in each school is awarded the £3,000 YPI Grant on behalf of their chosen charity.
The Wood Family Trust is the principal funder and operational manager of YPI in Scotland. YPI continues to develop apace in Scotland, and this year they look forward to making grants totalling £240,000 to small, local, grassroots charities across the country.
Without the ongoing support and input from local charities, it would be impossible to continue YPI. The £3000 grant will be released following the 2013 YPI National Event in June. This year, the winning YPI teams, teachers and charity representatives will be invited to the Perth Concert Hall to celebrate their achievements.
To see the work being carried out by the Aberdeenshire Young Carers Service, visit the website at www.youngcarersaberdeenshire.org.uk or contact 01467 620 582 for more information.