A £75,000 grant for young carers in Torridge, North and Mid Devon has been welcomed by Devon County Council, which says it will benefit more than 500 young carers. The funding comes from Lloyd s TSB Foundation for England and Wales, through its Young Care

A £75,000 grant for young carers in Torridge, North and Mid Devon has been welcomed by Devon County Council, which says it will benefit more than 500 young carers.The funding comes from Lloyd's TSB Foundation for England and Wales, through its Young Carers Collaborative Project. The project combines the strengths of Torridge Voluntary Services and Unite, a carers' project based in Mid Devon. It is being established to address the needs of young people providing care and support to other family members, primarily a parent or a sibling. It is supported by the county council, which funds six development workers across Devon. Their role has traditionally been to seek out young carers who are unidentified and unsupported and to raise awareness of their needs. Many of the development workers have also become more involved in providing direct support to young carers, either on a one-to-one basis or through activities such as day trips or drop-ins.The project expects to offer a whole range of services and social events to young carers over the next three years.Jane Whitaker, chief officer at Torridge Voluntary Services explains: "This funding will enable the two organisations to work together more efficiently in order to deliver a robust and effective service. This project can only benefit the 500 plus young carers in our area. Until recently they have had a patchy response to their needs and one which was so dependent on where they lived.