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September 2023 Newsletter - Young Carers

In this update

  • Carers Allowance
  • Be part of the Youth Advisory Panel at the Carers Trust
  • Breaking the cycle - The economic cost of poor parental mental health
  • Plymouth Family and Friends Carer Passport Scheme booklet
  • The Caring Penalty Report
  • Young Adult Carers video
  • Celebrating carers during the 50th anniversary of the Carers Trust
  • UK Shared Prosperity Fund
  • Useful links

Welcome to our latest newsletter, which we hope you find useful and informative. If there's a colleague or another provider in your network that you think would like to receive the newsletter, please feel free to forward it onto them.

Please let us know if you have anything you would like us to share or publicise in a future issue.


Carers Allowance

In case you didn't know, you could get £76.75 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.

You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.

You do not get paid extra if you care for more than one person.

If someone else also cares for the same person as you, only one of you can claim Carer's Allowance.

Find out more on the GOV.UK website.


Be part of the Youth Advisory Panel at Carers Trust

If you are an unpaid carer aged between 13 and 25, you can be part of transforming how we include unpaid carers in our work.

The Youth Advisory Panel is an exciting new UK-wide collective of young carers and young adult carers, who will be directly involved with the Carers Trust Board of Trustees and in projects and activities that support young carers and young adult carers.

If you want to join the panel and become a member, you can do this at any time.

Find out how to join the panel on the Carers Trust website.


Breaking the cycle - The economic cost of poor parental mental health.

Four million children in the UK are living with a parent with poor mental health.

If you have five minutes to spare, then the attached 'Breaking The Cycle' report is worth reading.


Plymouth Family and Friends Carer Passport Scheme Booklet

Claire Jukes, Patient Services Manager at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust has shared an online booklet about the Family and Friend Carer Passport Scheme in Plymouth.

You can read the booklet online and we've also attached it as a PDF.


The Caring Penalty Report

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has written a report entitled The Caring Penalty: The financial impact of unpaid care and how we tackle it.

The report concludes that unpaid carers provide an invaluable service to society, but they shoulder a financial penalty for doing so. This report looks at the financial impact of unpaid care, and how policies can help mitigate it.

The full report can be found on The Joseph Rowntree Foundation's website.


Young Adult Carers video

Improving Lives Plymouth has created a nice little video about their Young Adult Carers Group. It's only four minutes long but worth watching and sharing with your friends and colleagues.


Celebrating carers during the 50th anniversary of the Carers Trust

Finally, for this newsletter, the NHS has written a blog entitled Celebrating Carers during the 50th anniversary of the Carers Trust - have a read if you have five minutes to spare.


UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Plymouth Community & Place Open Call Opportunity - Live Now

Plymouth City Council is seeking applications from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund under the Community & Place Investment Priority.

If you are interested in applying for this funding, please have a look at the Plymouth City Council website and complete an application form.

If you have any clarification questions, please direct them to and they will be happy to try and answer them.


Share your stories with us

Do you have any good news stories or information that you would like to share with the wider Young Carers Network in Plymouth?

Please email with your suggestions.

We'd love to share all the amazing things you are doing!


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