Christmas boost for young carers

Alternative Futures Group is teaming up with Knowsley Council to help young carers in the area.

Working in partnership with Knowsley Council, AFG is encouraging its employees to fill 20 Christmas hampers to support children and care leavers who may not be spending Christmas with their families.

AFG HR Director Kirsty Muldoon said: “We are looking for clothing, toiletries, stationery and household products to help brighten up the Christmas of these young adults this year. Christmas is a time when most people look forward to enjoying the festive season in a warm, happy and safe environment but there is no such thing for some of the most vulnerable children living in severe poverty here in the UK.”

Care leavers and those in child protection are among the most vulnerable in society – having formerly been in council care, sometimes fostered or in a children’s home and often as a result of abuse or neglect. Care leavers between the ages of 16 and 18 are often forced to become independent – at an age far earlier than most other children, and unfortunately have no family to fall back on for support.

AFG is aiming to drop off its Christmas hampers with Knowsley Council by early December for distribution to young carers. As you can see from the photo, our employees are already responding generously to the Christmas appeal.