The Young Carers Development Trust (YCDT) in Bath is celebrating winning a £1,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund.

YCDT is a charity that assists and supports Young Carers in the South West who are providing a ‘significant level of care’ for a disabled or seriously ill family member. It aims to address the imbalance and lack of diversity of opportunity which is frequently experienced by young carers due to their difficult role, whilst at the same time encouraging them to strive for ambitious goals and advancement in life.

The funds awarded to the Inspire project from the Aviva Community Fund will be used to identify additional young carers in the area and to give them targeted and sustained support from Year 11 through to the first year of their chosen education/career path. This can be in the form of additional tutoring, books, equipment, revision aids, visits to universities, work experience opportunities etc. All this will help to develop the beneficiaries’ skills, capacities and capabilities which will then enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals and to inspire other Young Carers to aspire to achieve in their chosen field.

The Inspire Project competed with 700 other organisations around the UK to receive funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2016. The nationwide initiative which launched in September called upon passionate local residents to submit a project close to their heart to be in with a chance of securing funding ranging from up to £1,000 to £25,000.