Duke of Cornwall's Benevolent Fund
The Duke of Cornwall's Benevolent Fund aims to make a real difference to young carers. A young carer is anyone aged 18 or under who helps to look after a relative or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition or substance abuse problem where these duties go beyond what would be expected for a person of their age.
Grants will be available to individuals within Cornwall who require support with the following; this is not an exhaustive list:
The funds are aimed at offering young carers the opportunity to be young people free from their caring responsibilities.
An application for a grant must be made by an organisation for the benefit of any, young carer resident in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, who requires support.
Kernow Young Carers
The Duke of Cornwall's Benevolent Fund made an award to a very special young 12 year old who helps her Mum and Dad care for her brother who has severe autism. She helps dress her brother in the mornings and helps at meal times. Her Mum comments 'She has a calming influence which allows tasks to be done a lot quicker and quieter'.
They are no longer able to go out together as a family so as a break for the young girl this fund supported riding lessons.
The Mum comments 'She has more confidence now, she also has an escape and hobby that is just for her, something that has been difficult for a long time. Thank you so much for the Duke of Cornwall's Benevolent Fund. It made such a difference to her life'.
Applications are reviewed at the end of each month.