Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded Carefree - Fostering Independence Cornwall a £20,000 grant over two years to continue its essential work with 11 – 25 year olds who are in care, at risk of being taken into care or leaving care services. The charity, based in Cornwall, was recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.
Carefree runs a peer mentoring and befriending service for young people and uses group sessions as a tool to help those who may have had disadvantaged or chaotic childhoods.
The grant from the Foundation will contribute towards the salary of the charity’s Education Coordinator. The Foundation is one of the few grant makers that support vital core costs such as salaries and rent which allows charities to continue to provide much needed services for their communities.
Commenting on the grant, Mari Eggins, Chief Executive for Carefree said:
“Carefree works with a group of people who without help, can face a very uncertain future. The grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation will help us to work in different ways with young people at risk and expand our services, to help towards improving the prospects, goals and achievements of young people in care in Cornwall.”
Trevor Smale, Grant Manager for the South West said:
“In a competitive funding environment, Carefree stood out as a charity that works hard to help some of the most disadvantaged young people across the county. The Foundation’s focus is on supporting charities that are able to help people play fuller roles in their communities.”