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Starbucks Youth Action

By Laura Spooner, Youth Action Grant Recipient

I run Jolidays, a project through the University of Bristol Volunteering. We organise day and weekend trips for Young Carers in the Bristol area, providing much needed respite for these children. The application was very straightforward, and I was then invited to a training day, where I was given a lot of advice and support in running my project. I learned how best to run the charity and the importance of future planning and budgeting, as well as how to make the most of the resources available to me. We were helped not only with the Starbucks Youth Action grant, but with ideas and tips in composing future grant applications. 

I then got through to the next round where I had to formulate a pitch to present my project and ask for funding from the panel, and was lucky enough to receive £2250 worth of funding and also support from UK Youth and Starbucks. Young carers are children or young  people who have caring responsibilities within their families, and help support or look after a family member who is ill or disabled, who could be suffering from a physical handicap, mental illness or a drug or alcoholism. As you can imagine this means they are relied on much more than the average child of their age, and find it difficult to stay away from home, hang out with their friends, and can be a target for bullies at school. 

Jolidays offer a break from their responsibilities at home with other young carers in their age group. Our funding has already helped many children as we had our first trip in December with a group aged between 8-11, to Flying Saucers Cafe, where we decorated pottery and then went to the Bristol Volunteering Christmas Party. Both the children and our Student Volunteers had a brilliant day and all wanted to come on more trips. We have got lots planned for the next few months.  The grant from Starbucks Youth Action has enabled us to plan amazing and exciting trips and give the children fantastic new experiences as well as a chance to meet and befriend other Young Carers.

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