The Mayor's charities
The Mayor of Guildford Cllr Mike Parsons' good causes for his Mayoral year are the Guildford Young Carers Fund and Headway Surrey.
Guildford Young Carers Fund
This innovative fund addresses an area of society that is very much overlooked. Estimates suggest that as many as 8 per cent of children aged 5 to 18 in many areas of Guildford act as carers - and their efforts are frequently unrecognised and hidden from society.
The effects on these children of being a carer 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. The responsibilities often have a negative effect on their lives, such as causing them to fall behind at school, or simply lose 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 - it's just what you do.
This story illustrates the charity's concerns...
Sophie is nine years old. Every morning, she gets up, helps her seven-year-old brother get ready for school, prepares breakfast for them both and makes a packed lunch for three. Sophie then takes care of her mother's needs, clears up and walks her brother to school. Later in the day, she collects her brother from school and walks him home. When they arrive, Sophie makes supper for the three of them, clears away, and does the washing and ironing. By the time these chores are finished, it's10pm and Sophie finally gets to bed. At 5.30am the next morning, her day starts all over again.
The Guildford Young Carers Fund will support the following costs for young people like Sophie:
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
music, sports or play activities or other clubs outside school
opportunities to meet other young carers
Visit the Guildford Young Carers Fund web page to find out more and make a donation, or call 01483 478092 to find out how you can help.
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Headway Surrey provides specialist cognitive workshops at their centre and also home visits and hospital liaison. They enable people to re-learn basic and more advanced life skills, including executive function, planning, prioritising, memory, writing, social skills, behavioural issues and insight. In addition, they provide carers' support groups and befriending to tackle isolation, plus assistance to enable access to volunteering, employment and training.
Contact details: email@example.com
Telephone: 01483 455225
The Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund
Mike will also continue to support the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund. The economic climate continues to challenge a large number of people, and some struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet. The fund provides vital support by granting small sums of money to help those in genuine need.
Guildford is unusual in that its mayors have their own long-established charity, the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund. This charity makes grants to individuals and families throughout the borough who are experiencing financial difficulties.
Find out more about the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund and how to apply for help.
The Mayor Charities