A new project will launch in Eastbourne next month to help support young carers in the area.
The group, which currently operates in Kent, is expanding across East Sussex, setting up bases in Eastbourne, Lewes, Crowborough, Hastings and Uckfield.
The project will support young carers aged five-18 across East Sussex who are responsible for caring for someone in their family with an illness, disability, mental health or drug/alcohol issues.
There are more than 10,500 young carers in East Sussex and it is important they know they are not alone in their caring role.
East Sussex Young Carers (ESYC) will enable young carers to receive respite, socialise with their peers and receive tailored support and information.
The project also runs ‘chill clubs’ for young carers, where they can meet each other, have fun through sport, arts and crafts, games, cooking and much more.
ESYC relies on local businesses to promote the service, provide equipment for the ‘chill clubs’, fundraise for the project and provide apprenticeships and work experience opportunities for the young carers.
The project will launch in Eastbourne on October 1.
For more information on the project as it is run in Kent, visit the website at www.vawk.org.uk or the Facebook page at Voluntary Action Within Kent.