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National award for Portsmouth Young Carers Project

Published: 21st November 2014 11:35

Roundhouse, a joint Portsmouth City Council and Cranstoun project which supports young carers, has won the Young Carers category at the Children & Young People Now Awards 2014.

The Children & Young People Now Awards recognise excellence in projects which work with children, young people and families.

Roundhouse improves outcomes for families where a parent is using drugs or alcohol problematically. The aim is to increase the resilience of families by reducing or preventing the harmful effects of substance misuse, or reducing excessive caring being carried out by children. The project is a partnership between Portsmouth City Council and Cranstoun (an organisation supporting people with substance misuse problems).

Jane Steggall, young carers specialist services coordinator at Portsmouth City Council said, "I'm delighted that Roundhouse has received this exciting accolade. It recognises the work we do with young carers and their families to provide practical support, increase understanding of addiction, offer positive activities and reduce the impact on the young carer.

"Through their involvement in Roundhouse, young people have been able to reduce their caring responsibilities and improve their attendance and attainment at school. The whole family approach also benefits parents, giving them access to the support they need. "

Dr Janet Maxwell, Portsmouth City Council's director of public health said, "We are delighted that Roundhouse has received this prestigious award. It acknowledges our work in Portsmouth as an example of best practice which will no doubt serve as an inspiration to other local authorities across the country."

Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18 who are providing care and support to another family member. Many young carers take on roles and responsibilities that should not be expected of a person of their age. They may be caring for a parent or they may have taken on a parenting role towards their siblings.

The award was presented to Jane Steggall of Portsmouth City Council and Jules Girven Stott and Lauren Nixon of Cranstoun at the ceremony held in London last night.

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