Decision details

Funding to support young carers during the coronavirus outbreak

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Herefordshire Council will allocate a limited budget of up to a maximum of £5,000 in order to support young carers during the coronavirus crisis. This has been sourced from an existing young carers grant (£20,000) which was originally intended to fund additional carers support groups in Herefordshire. Given the current coronavirus pandemic, the council have been considering alternative ways of supporting young carers in a more flexible way.

All funding allocations will be expected to support young carers during the coronavirus pandemic in light of the restrictions in accessing support and social opportunities, including young carers clubs. The funding will provide:
- an opportunity to talk to and share experiences, skills and advice (via online tools);
- the opportunity to learn new skills for themselves as well as for the person they care for
- the chance to have a break from their caring duties and have fun, preventing isolation.

Need will be identified through the Young Carers Support Service (YCSS) in the Herefordshire Early Help Team and will be approved by the Early Help Manager.

Contact: Chris Baird, Director for children and families Email: Tel: 01432 260264.

Publication date: 15/05/2020

Date of decision: 15/05/2020

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