Already underway this month of May and for the rest of 2024, Britishinitaly.com will be asking you to consider supporting and sponsoring the fundraising efforts of The Rotary Club of Edinburgh for young carers beginning with the Challenge For All 2024.

As members of the British community either permanently resident in Italy or with your time split between the UK and Italy, we would like to ask for your help to support young people who are entitled to a childhood and to discover their potential but who often go unnoticed or unrecognised whilst caring for a family member. The recent Covid lockdowns and economic challenges have placed  these young people under increasing stress.

The Rotary Club of Edinburgh have created a “Challenge for All” which has kicked off with a challenge to being active every day in May, boosting  personal well-being whilst raising funds for Edinburgh Young Carers through sponsorship and donations.

Members, family, friends and colleagues are walking, running, cycling, swimming, rowing, wheelchairing, zimmering, kayaking , canoeing and even trout fishing to raise sponsorship funds to help the young carers.

The Support of the British community in Italy is very much appreciated.

Send a donation if you have a UK Bank Account for a cost of only 1 pence via wonderful.org

You can donate directly to Edinburgh Young Carers by going directly to the donation page set up by Edinburgh Rotary by clicking on this link here https://wonderful.org/pay?fndr=1898.

Send a donation if you do not have a UK bank account by using PayPal or your debit/Credit card

You can donate directly to Edinburgh Young Carers by going to their donation page here https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=8NC8UGZ7C36M

For donations made by PAYPAL, can you please add the message “British in Italy for Young Carers Rotary Challenge” You can also email a copy of your payment to [email protected]

What is a Young Carer and why should we be supporting them?

A young carer is somebody between the age of 5 to 25  who cares for or is affected by someone else at home – usually a parent or sibling – who suffers from condtions including  mental health problems, disability, drug and alcohol misuse and chronic ill-health. They need and deserve support!

You can learn more here https://www.youngcarers.org.uk/about/what-we-do  https://www.youngcarers.org.uk/about/what-is-a-young-carer/

Most young carers go unnoticed or unrecognised, until there is a crisis

Caring responsibilities can affect a young person emotionally because they are putting other peoples needs first. This can result in being worried, anxious or stressed. Feelings of guilt, anger, being trapped, isolated and misunderstood.

Physically

Suffering from pains or strains from heavy lifting oo helping someone to wash or dress.

Socially

Not able to meet up with friends regularly, feeling isolated and lacking confidence. A possible target for bullying.

Educationally

Difficulties concentrating in class, feeling tired, worried, with no time to do homework.

Financially

Low family income; not having enough money for basic needs

Send a donation if you have a UK Bank Account for a cost of only 1 pence via wonderful.org

You can donate directly to Edinburgh Young Carers by going directly to the donation page set up by Edinburgh Rotary by clicking on this link here https://wonderful.org/pay?fndr=1898.

Send a donation if you do not have a UK bank account by using PayPal or your debit/Credit card

You can donate directly to Edinburgh Young Carers by going to their donation page here https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=8NC8UGZ7C36MQ

For Donations made by PAYPAL, can you please add the message “British in Italy for young carers Rotary Challenge” You can also email a copy of your payment to [email protected]

  • £20 could pay for a 1-1 respite activity for a young carer
  • £30 could pay for a young carer to attend an evening activity group
  • £50 could pay for a one-night respite break for a young carer
  • £100 could provide art and craft materials for a young carer respite group
  • £200 could pay for a six-week block of 1-1 support sessions for a young carer at risk of poor mental health
  • £300 could pay for a Christmas Family Event for young carers and their families to enjoy
  • £500 could give 15 young carers a great day out to Edinburgh Zoo, Dynamic Earth, Jupiter Artland or a Rock Climbing centre
  • £1,000 could enable a young carer to attend a support group for a year
  • £5,000 could give 10 young carers an outdoor adventure residential break in Skye or Glencoe or a holiday programme with The Green Team to support young carers spending time outdoors in nature
  • £10,000 could pay for a one-year health and wellbeing project for 10 young carers, such as ‘Happy Heids’ or ‘It’s Ok Not To Be Okay’
  • £20,000 could pay for a Siblings project to raise awareness and support young carers affected by caring for a sibling
  • £30,000 could pay for a one-year project to support 25 young carers with learning Core Skills such as reading, cycling, swimming or problem solving
Thank you very much for taking the time to learn more and for your support

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