YOUNG carers in North East Lincolnshire have been given a financial boost to help get them through the cost of living crisis, thanks to a donation from a generous local business.
Newlincs Development Ltd, operators of the Grimsby and Immingham tips, have donated £2,000 to benefit young carers in North East Lincolnshire, giving them some much needed support during difficult times.
There are approximately 800,000 young carers in the UK – children and young people aged 6 to 18 who have a caring role for a family member either through an illness, a disability, mental health or drug and alcohol issues. In many cases, a young person’s friends and school teachers are unaware of their caring responsibilities.
Because of these responsibilities, they often don’t get to enjoy the same opportunities that most children have, like going to the cinema, a theme park or beach.
The Young Carers Project, part of North East Lincolnshire Council’s Children’s Services, offers support for young people aged between 6 and 18 years who carry out a caring role – usually this is for a parent, sibling or grandparent.
Young carers are offered one-to-one support, group work and social activities and outings to provide a break from their caring roles. Currently there are almost 300 young people registered with the project.
Sharon Hunt, operations director at Newlincs Development Ltd, said:
“The guys at the tip have raised an amazing amount of money over the years.
“We are so pleased to be able to help local people throughout North East Lincolnshire, in particularly the young carers who do an amazing job, and deserve to be recognised and appreciated for their efforts in helping other family members.”
Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for children, education and young people, said:
“I’m really grateful to Newlincs staff for making this very generous donation. Newlincs have been incredibly supportive of our local young carers in recent years, with donations of meat vouchers and cash to help them through the pandemic. Their donations also helped sponsor a trip to a theme park, which for many of our young carers, was the first time they had seen big rides.
“To give our young carers the opportunity to have a day away from their caring responsibilities is so important. It’s an opportunity for them to just be children again.
“So I’d like to thank Newlincs staff for this donation. It will go a very long way and will make a huge difference to a lot of our young people in what is a very challenging time for many.”
Newlincs Development Ltd are North East Lincolnshire Council’s waste management contractor, and manage the Immingham and Grimsby tip sites.
Staff at the two tips, also known as Community Recycling Centres or CRCs, were awarded Best Civic Amenity Site of the Year at the awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management for the effort they put in to make recycling fun while also raising thousands of pounds for local good causes.
They’ve become well-known for their Christmas and summer holiday junk modelling makeovers and this year went all out for the Platinum Jubilee with a cast of Royal-themed characters popping up around the site.
As well as their amazing decorations, they also sell bikes and bric-a-brac at the Grimsby site with all proceeds going to charity.
Know a young carer in North East Lincolnshire who could benefit from the Young Carers Project? To get involved, contact our carer’s team via email at [email protected] or call the team on 01472 326294 (option 3 then option 2).