CLAVERHOUSE ROTARY AND DUNDEE FREEMASONS UNITE TO DONATE £1000 TO DUNDEE YOUNG CARERS
Some Dundee youngsters are young carers and absorb a breathtaking level of responsibility involving not only physical care for family members but also an emotional caring role far greater than anyone their age should have to carry.
These children take on parental responsibilities at a young and tender age and have to resort to their own knowledge, experience and limited resources, without many breaks, to be able to care for their parents and siblings.
Their dilemma, prompted by family illness, disability or drug or alcohol dependancy, has worsened during the pandemic, increasing their feeling of isolation and lack of adequate support to be able to cope.
Dundee Young Carers Centre improves the lives of these young carers by befriending them, listening to them, caring about their needs and providing pragmatic solutions to overcome their worries. They furnish the young with lifelong skills and give them respite and a place to go, particularly in today’s climate, when the pressure is on.
The Rotary Club of Claverhouse, supporters of the Centre for decades, stood shoulder to shoulder with Dundee Freemasons to raise £1000 from members of both organisations to show solidarity in support of the Dundee Carers Centre, who care for these local young heroes so lovingly.
In keeping with social distancing rules, Claverhouse Rotary President, Pat O’Connor presented a 2 metre cheque on behalf of Claverhouse Rotary and Dundee Freemasons to Lucinda Godfrey, Chief Executive Officer, Dundee Carers Centre.
Lucinda said “The effect of this pandemic on young carers has been significant and continues to affect their wellbeing, causing worry and stress, as well as feelings of uncertainty about the future. At the Centre, we have been working to ensure carers and their families have the support they need in schools and their communities both remotely and face to face”
This sentiment was echoed by Claire Grier Monaghan, Community and Media Relations Officer at the Centre who said “Young carers have missed the face to face interaction and peer support that they would have received through school and groups. We are very grateful for this donation to help us to continue to offer both online group support and distribute activity packs to young carers and their families”
Said Graham Letford, member of the Freemasons “All our charitable efforts in the province of Forfarshire are being focussed on helping those in the community to manage through the major challenges presented by the pandemic. Freemasonry and Rotary both have a common goal to help those in need and we are delighted to join together in unity to support this very worthy cause.”
Pat O’Connor summarised by saying “ Our youth is our future. Nothing could be more important than looking after our children during these uncertain and demanding times.
Over the years, we have been honoured and privileged to have had such a long lasting association with Dundee Carers Centre, who are true professionals and do such tremendous work, achieving amazing results”
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