Herefordshire Carers Support provides support and advice to children and young adults carers has benefited from a large grant from local Freemasons.
There are more than four thousand young carers within Herefordshire, looking after sick and disabled family members. They are often responsible for cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and emotional support of one or more people.
It can be a confusing and lonely role for a child or young person and can lead to social isolation and damage academic performance, which can have life-long consequences.
Herefordshire Freemasons have given £53,692 to provide a support worker who will work with schools, families and young carers themselves. The grant from Herefordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation which is funded by Freemasons from across England and Wales.
Herefordshire Young Carers is a dedicated team within Herefordshire Carers Support who help children and young people who look after someone in their family who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or has a problem with drugs or alcohol.
Susan Brace, Young Carers Community Development Worker said:
“We’re very grateful to Herefordshire Freemason for their generous grant.
“There are around 360 registered Young Carers in Herefordshire but the true number is likely to be much higher.
“We want these children to be able to live a full life, like their friends, which means they won’t be missing out on their childhoods or education – getting the help and support they desperately need.”
Rev’d David Bowen, the Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire Freemasons said:
“We are very pleased to be able to help Herefordshire Carers Support. The work they do is hugely important and can make an enormous difference to the lives of these vulnerable children.”
About the Masonic Charitable Foundation
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit www.mcf.org.uk