We have been awarded £7,000 by Carers Trust as part of Nominet Trust’s Digital Reach programme – a pioneering initiative developed to support the UK’s efforts to increase digital skills amongst some of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people. This funding will enable us to offer free digital skills training through specialist and dedicated support for unpaid carers aged 18 to 25.
The 2017 Basic Digital Skills report suggests that, despite an overall increase in the number of UK adults who have gained basic digital skills, at least 3% (300,000) of those aged 15-24 are still being left behind.
We will provide young adult carers with training to help improve their digital skills, including how to stay safe online and digitally manage money, as well as accessing online information about maintaining their health and well-being, and getting the right support for those they care for.
Claire Briston, our Centre Young Adult Carer Worker, commented:
“We are thrilled to receive this new funding, which will help us to reach young adult carers who would not normally have this opportunity, helping them gain invaluable new life skills.
Digital technology is such an essential aspect of modern life, and thanks to Nominet Trust’s funding, we anticipate that 65 young adult carers in Newcastle will now be able to gain invaluable new digital skills.
We provide information and support to adult unpaid carers who care for a friend or family member who is ill, disabled, has mental ill-health, or is misusing drugs or alcohol. We also have a Young Adult Carer service to provide dedicated support to meet the needs of carers in this age group.
Carers Trust research shows that young adult carers miss out on education and social activities due to the demands of their caring role and by using Digital Reach we intend to show how we can steer isolated young people towards positive futures.”
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For more information about the Digital Reach programme at Newcastle Carers, contact Claire Briston on 0191 275 5060, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org