Young carers services to expand in Fenland

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Young carers across Fenland can look forward to more support thanks to a new contract to expand existing services.

The Centre 33 charity is celebrating after being awarded a contract by Cambridgeshire County Council to extend and enhance their support to young carers.

The contract, which begins in December, means the charity will be able to reach more young carers across the county and offer support in schools and communities.

The new work will also build on new mental health services recently launched in Wisbech and Huntingdon.

Centre 33 has worked in the county for 35 years, offering support to thousands of young people each year.

It helps those aged from eight to 18, who take on responsibilities beyond their years by providing practical and emotional care to sick or disabled family members.

They juggle the demands of school, and often give up their own social life, to stay at home and be there for a loved one, helping them to get up, washed and dressed. They also do household chores such as shopping, cleaning and cooking or looking after younger siblings.

Centre 33’s young carers manager Kate Rees said: “We are very proud of young carers and the service we deliver, which we have developed alongside our young carers over the years.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire and other projects and services to ensure more young carers are identified and confident accessing the support they need.”