Surrey Young Carers, part of Action for Carers Surrey, offers activities and opportunities for young carers across Surrey to take time out of their caring role and meet other children in a similar position. It has been the Designated Charity for Berkeley Group since 2015, and staff have raised over £3,000 this year.
With 14,000 young carers in Surrey and an expected increase of 8% by 2025, the charity realised it needed to expand the reach and impact of its services. However, its outdated website was not meeting the changing needs of the caring community.
A Capacity Building Fund grant from the Berkeley Foundation supported Action for Carers Surrey to commission a large-scale website re-development project. They engaged with over 200 stakeholders – primarily carers, but also staff and health and social care professionals – and created fresh content for a new carer-centric site launched in November 2019. Since then the charity has seen a significant growth in website users from 2,745 in July 2019 to 10,258 in March 2020, leading to increased numbers of carer registrations. The new website also helped the charity to respond quickly to the Covid-19 pandemic, sharing relevant information and offering support where needed.
A further grant of £10,000 following the onset of Covid-19, has helped the charity to adapt its services for remote support.
Jamie Gault, Chief Executive, comments: “The long-term partnership built with the Berkeley Foundation has provided our organisation with a strong foundation, allowing us to expand our reach and impact. Through the funds raised by Berkeley staff, 1,000 young carers have been able to attend a Surrey Young Carers event – making a real difference to them in their caring role.”
The new website is really good, with lots of information. I found it very easy to find things out and now I really want to get involved with Surrey Young Carers. Young carer
The Berkeley Foundation is the working name of The Berkeley Charitable Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales (Charity Number 1152596), a company registered in England and Wales (Registration Number 8548400).