Cheshire Young Carers announced as Cheshire and Warrington LEP Charity of the Year

Cheshire Young Carers, a charity headquartered in Ellesmere Port and supporting young carers across Cheshire and Warrington has been selected as Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) Charity of the Year for 2019.

Each year the LEP invites interest from charities working in this region, with the LEP aiming to raise awareness of the charity with businesses and residents.

Cheshire Young Carers supports young carers across Cheshire and Warrington. Conservative estimates suggest there are over 37,000 young carers in our area, with nearly 11,000 providing high levels of care which would potentially require social care without the support of these children. The charity’s focus is to provide the young carers with a break from their responsibilities with residential and non-residential themed experiences. They also offer one-to-one support and operate a scheme to support Cheshire schools to identify and help pupils with caring responsibilities.

Christine Gaskell CBE, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington LEP stated “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Cheshire Young Carers. The role of the LEP allows us to speak regularly to businesses, government, academia and residents who live and work in our region and we will work hard to ensure [Cheshire Young Carers] vital work is recognised so they can in turn support as many young carers in our region as possible.”

The charity has been helped by volunteers from companies such as MBNA, M&S Bank, Essar Oil and Chester University. Other businesses have provided their expertise to Cheshire Young Carers including Everyman Theatre, Chester Cathedral, Chester Zoo and Bentley Motors.

Graham Phillips, Managing Director of Cheshire Young Carers shared “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity of the year for Cheshire and Warrington LEP. Cheshire Young Carers help children with caring responsibilities to experience the freedom that other children may take for granted, we hope this partnership will support awareness and fund raising for the charity. We look forward to working with the LEP team to come up with interesting ideas for businesses in the region to engage with the charity to support their community focus initiatives and look for ways that staff can help with fundraising and volunteering over the coming year.”