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Yorkshire Charity Nominated For Children Of Courage Award
Alex Clarke, left, with her son Henry, daughter Hallé and Helen Prince, of the Carers’ Resource Young Carer team
A Harrogate charity that supports young carers has been nominated for a Yorkshire Children of Courage Award.

The awards recognise courageous and outstanding young people in Yorkshire. Carers’ Resource has been nominated in a special category focusing on the work of charities and groups that help youngsters to flourish.

The charity gives practical and emotional support to about 16,000 unpaid carers across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven, Harrogate and Ripon.
Part of its work is to support young carers aged seven to 18 in the Harrogate area who have a parent or sibling with a physical or mental illness, a disability or an addiction to drugs or alcohol. 

Helen Prince, from the Carers' Resource Young Carers team, said: “Young carers can have lots of different responsibilities. They might do chores, look after younger siblings, provide personal care and give emotional support.
“Because so much of their time is taken up with caring, they may not have time to play, go to after-school activities or socialise with their peers. They can become isolated and even the target for bullies. Without support, young carers can get tired, anxious and lonely.”

Carers’ Resource runs youth clubs and trips, and its staff go into schools to meet young carers and give specialist support.

Helen added: “When we bring the young people together they show tremendous compassion and support for one another. They say that, while it is not possible to change their situations, being part of our project makes them happier and better able to cope.”

The St. James’s Place Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards have developed from very small beginnings in a Harrogate hotel in 2011 into a prestigious black-tie event attended by 750 people.

This year’s ceremony will be held at at New Dock Hall, Leeds, on October 12 and presented by BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern.

Helen took two young carers and their mum to Weetwood Hall, in Leeds, for the awards launch event last week. She said: “It was really lovely. We had a children’s choir to entertain us, goody bags, glitter face paint, mocktails and the young carers’ particular favourite, an ice cream van.

“We are always proud of our young carers and it is fantastic to see them being recognised by this award nomination. We are really looking forward to joining the other outstanding young people at the star-studded awards ceremony in Leeds in October.”

The winner of the St. James’s Place Yorkshire Children of Courage group award is decided by a public vote, which closes at midnight on 11 October. Vote for Carers’ Resource or nominate a child of courage at www.yorkshirechildren.co.uk/nominations/group-vote/.

Yorkshire Charity Nominated For Children Of Courage Award, 4th June 2018, 14:21 PM