Young Carers Festive Fun Day
On 16 December 2023, we transformed our office into a winter wonderland for a festive fun day dedicated to young carers from the local communities of Coventry and Warwickshire.
We partnered with Caring Together Young Carers Warwickshire and Young Carers Coventry services, both of which are provided by Carers Trust Heart of England, to help make a meaningful impact on the lives of young carers in the region.
The initiative was inspired by Jenny Mills, a senior portfolio manager, who became aware of the Young Carers initiative via a television programme that shed light on how young carers are often forgotten, prompting her to propose this as the focus for BRI’s CSR committee this Christmas, particularly for those in the local area.
The event was organised by Ms Mills and Emily Finnegan, with the support of volunteers Jade Whitmore, Sammy Nixon, and Nirjeet Lyall, all wealth management administrators. A special thank you also goes to The Picnic Basket, a local café that donated all the food for the event.
The day featured a range of activities, including food, drinks, games, a festive film screening, Christmas party gift bags and a special visit from Santa Claus.
The event hosted close to 25 children and raised a total of £530.
Ms Mills said: “To see how young children care for their parents and how it affects their lives, such as their schoolwork and not being able to play with friends, really losing out on their childhood, really stood out for me.
“I just felt there was something as a committee/company we could do so they could have a few hours for themselves.”
The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and we hope to continue to support the charities in future years.