Guildford Young Carers Fund

Guildford Young Carers Fund is a new fund launched by Cllr Mike Parsons, Mayor of Guildford for 2018 to 2019, as part of Guildford Philanthropy. Find out how to donate to the fund.

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Mike's main good cause - Guildford Young Carers - is new, innovative and addresses an area of society that is very much overlooked by us all. Estimates suggest that as many as 8 per cent of children aged 5 to 18 in many areas of Guildford act as carers - unrecognised and hidden to society. The effects on these children is huge. Some fail to realise their academic potential, and they often suffer mental health issues, bullying and social media abuse.

These are young people who find their normal young lives being replaced by caring for a relative within the family unit. These responsibilities often cause negative outcomes, such as falling behind at school, or simply a loss of precious childhood time. These children and young people are often unable to access help and many do not even realise that they are acting as carers.

How to donate

We welcome donations to Guildford Young Carers Fund and to encourage potential philanthropists, Guildford Borough Council will match fund every £1 of private donations with a further 50p.

If you are a UK tax payer, your donation may also be eligible for Gift Aid, helping your donation go even further.

The Guildford Young Carers Fund is part of Guildford Philanthropy. The fund will award grants to support young carers in the borough of Guildford. Grants will support young carers by providing services or equipment that will help them with their educational, emotional and social needs

Grants will be awarded for things such as:

  • additional non-statutory support in school or college

  • extra tuition or educational support outside school or college

  • IT or other equipment to support educational needs

  • school trips, outings or residential activities

  • courses

  • music, sports or play activities or other clubs outside school (including membership fees)

  • opportunities to meet other young carers

For more information, visit Guildford Young Carers Fund

Community Foundation for Surrey

Charity number: 1111600

Young carers' Wild Wood outing

Guildford Young carers at Wild Wood
The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mike Parsons, was delighted to host young carers from Guildford at Wild Wood Adventure in Stoke Park on Thursday 5 July. Mike explained that as well as helping these young people with their educational, emotional and social needs, the Guildford Young Carers Fund also aims to give some time and opportunities for the carers to just to be kids.