Showing Care for Young People Who Care
Thirty-six youngsters from Flintshire can look forward to a weekend break from caring for a parent, grandparent, brother or sister, thanks to the national charity of UK housebuilder Redrow Homes.
Barnardo’s Cymru has been given £2,500 for its Flintshire Young Carers programme by The Redrow Foundation.
The money will pay for a three day residential course in the North Wales countryside, for 36 young people aged five to 18 years, including a range of outdoor activities to help build their confidence.
Sandy McBride, managing director of Ewloe-based Redrow Homes (NW) – currently building new homes in Northop and Buckley – visited the premises of Barnardo’s Cymru in Mold to meet some of the young people that the charity helps.
As well as hearing about the adventure weekend, Sandy and his colleague, marketing coordinator Claire Speed, were shown a new patchwork wall-hanging made by a hundred young carers; each piece of the patchwork depicts something about caring that is relevant to them.
Said Sandy: “It was great to meet some of the young people who will benefit from our donation. At a time when they should be enjoying their childhood, some of these youngsters are taking on responsibilities and worries far beyond their years. Knowing that we will have helped some of them to enjoy a well earned break is a great feeling and we hope other businesses in the area can do the same.”
Barnardo’s Cymru provides 88 different services throughout Wales, working with vulnerable children, young people, families and communities, helping them to build a better future. As well as supporting young carers, it offers adoption and fostering services, help for homeless young people or those leaving care and support for young people with mental health concerns, including those who self harm or have eating disorders. Across Wales the charity needs to raise £3 million each year to keep these services running.
Claire Edwards, children’s services manager in Flintshire, said: “The services we offer are wide-ranging and very varied. Our Young Carers Programme, which Redrow has chosen to support, helps children and young people who shoulder the responsibilities of an adult in the home because a member of the family is seriously ill, disabled, suffering from mental health problems, or misusing alcohol or drugs. In Flintshire alone we have worked with 196 young carers over the last year.
“We rely heavily on sponsorship, donations and corporate partnerships and to receive a lump sum of this size from one business is a tremendous boost.”
The Redrow Foundation is the national charity of housebuilder Redrow Homes, which builds new homes across England and Wales. Local developments include Northop Park, in Northop and Heathlands, at Buckley, both of which feature traditional looking family homes from Redrow’s New Heritage Collection.
The Redrow Foundation provides financial support for the relief of poverty and sickness in the UK and, in particular, to provide accommodation and related assistance, including respite care, especially to children, the elderly and those who are sick or infirm. To date it has contributed almost £400,000 to a wide variety of good causes.
To find out more about Barnardo’s services in Wales or ways to help, visit www.barnardos.org.uk/cymru.
Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011 and 2012; collected the Gold award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2011 What House? awards; and its ‘Our Pride ~ Your Joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2011Housebuilder Awards for innovation and excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.