Who Cares Campaign launches fund to tackle poverty for young carers

Who Cares Campaign launches Digi Fund to tackle digital poverty among some of the UK’s most vulnerable young carers, with BBC Radio 4 drama broadcast.

Credit: Who Cares Campaign

There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK, with a range of responsibilities caring for a loved one. Of those young carers, one third come from low income families.

Living without essential technology such as laptops, WIFI or smartphones, some young carers are facing isolation and barriers to fulfilling their caring duties such as booking online appointments to catching up with school work.

WHO CARES?

In a bid to highlight the barriers some young people face, the award-winning Who Cares will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow (9 February 2021) at 2:15pm.

To accompany the Radio 4 broadcast, the Who Cares Campaign is launching a public fundraiser (Digi Fund) to buy vital technology for young carers in Salford, Cheshire West, Wrexham, Conwy, Denbighshire and Folkestone.

“A society is judged by how it looks after its most in need, especially in difficult times,” emphasizes Matt Woodhead, campaign manager for the Who Cares Campaign. 

“As we emerge from the pandemic, it is vital we provide young carers with the technology they need to thrive. We cannot leave them behind.”

Who Cares is a gripping verbatim production, based on two years of interviews with young carers and offers a rare insight into their lives of young carers in Salford.

The show was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the House of Lords and it embarked on two national tours.

NEED FOR TECH

Young people need access to education now. By providing young carers with essential technology, the can get the chance to support their loved one and fulfil their potential – not only right now but in the years to come. 

The Who Cares Campaign is hoping to raise £5,000, going directly to provide technology for young carers.

Another way to support the campaign is to email this letter to The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, make sure to CC in your local MP. 

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