Sheffield Young Carers Project has been named as the new Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Charity of the Year.
SYCP, which was awarded the title at the Chamber President’s Dinner, offers support to young people aged eight to 21 who care for someone at home, usually a family member with a physical or mental illness, disability or substance misuse problem.
More than 2,000 young people under the age of 16 take on a caring role in Sheffield.
Running since 1997, SYCP provides assistance to young carers by offering one-to-one support, group activities, respite holidays and advice with education, employment and training.
Liz Church, managing director at Sheffield Young Carers Project, said: “Our partnership with the chamber will enable us to raise our profile significantly, as well as attracting a range of support, including business advice. It’s vital that SYCP stands firm to offer support, understanding and respite to young carers into the future.
“There are many ways in which chamber members can work with us over the coming year. We’re keen to ensure we make the most of all income generation opportunities available to us in this challenging economic period and we would welcome business advice, networking opportunities and support from members.
“We’re also keen to hear from members who would value the chance to develop a longer term connection with our cause as a trustee, which can be a really rewarding experience.”
Amanda Pilgrim, head of business development at Sheffield Chamber, said: “We are delighted to announce Sheffield Young Carers Project as the charity we will be supporting during the coming 12 months.
“Across the UK around one in 12 young people put their own lives to one side to care for a family member and the charity provides support to those who make this unselfish act.”
Sheffield Young Carers Project takes over from Kickstart Community Programmes as the Chamber Charity of the Year for 2012/13.
For more information visit www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk or call 0114 258 4595.