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Co-operative Group raises £6 million for young adult carers

The Co-operative Group has raised £6 million to help young adult carers through its charity of the year partnership with Carers Trust.

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Co-operative Group raises £6 million for young adult carers

The Co-operative Group has raised £6 million to help young adult carers through its charity of the year partnership with Carers Trust.

Raised by The Co-operative’s staff, members and customers, the money will help the charity to provide breaks, information, advice, support and services for the estimated 500,000 14-25 years olds in the UK who care for a relative or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

The first tranche of donations from Carers Trust’s “About Time” grants programme will see 21 carers’ centres and schemes in the UK benefiting from donations of up to £43,000. At least 50 grants will be made during the next two years.

In addition, a website for young adult carers entitled “Matter” is launching to address issues of social isolation and to provide access to advice, support and information.

Nick Folland, external affairs director at The Co-operative Group, said: “Young adult carers are often described as the glue holding families together, they take on incredible levels of practical and emotional caring responsibilities, often at the expense of their own education and aspirations.

“The Co-operative trades at the heart of the community and I am extremely proud that the enthusiasm of The Co-operative’s staff, members and customers is not only helping to raise awareness of this hidden issue but is also making a real difference to thousands of young lives.”

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