The Young Carers Development Trust was established in 2012 by a small group of Trustees, working under the leadership of John Rogers.
The Trustees’ vision has been shaped by their practical experience as senior executives in industrial, commercial and professional organisations and also by the success of the Rank Foundation’s School Leadership Award scheme, founded in 1978.
The Trustees believe their overall objective of improving the life chances of young carers will be achieved by establishing and continually developing a network of high-achieving young carers, willing to become active and inspiring role models for others from backgrounds similar to their own.
The strategy is to assist and support young carers (beneficiaries) who are providing a ‘significant level of care’ for a disabled or seriously ill family member.
- address the imbalance and lack of diversity of opportunity experienced by them due to their caring responsibilities and
- encourage them to strive for more ambitious goals and to advance in life.
The Trust achieves this by providing support and activities during key formative years. This support develops our beneficiaries’ skills, capacities and capabilities which then enables them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals and to inspire other individuals.
How the Trust Works
The Board of Trustees work pro bono and have responsibilities within the organisation specific to their experience and skills.
A Charity Manager directly manages and supports five Development Managers who each support up to three young carers. She also manages a small case load and recruits and filters the applications of potential beneficiaries. The Charity Manager reports directly to the Board of Trustees. Each Development Manager is paid and is directly responsible for up to three beneficiaries. They work on a one to one basis by phone and in face to face meetings to prepare 3 year plans for each beneficiary setting out development steps, costs and measurable targets.
Beneficiaries are provided with targeted support to build on existing academic and practical abilities and to help develop interview skills and examination techniques. In addition, Beneficiaries benefit from guided access to the business, professional and academic network of Trustees.
The cost effectiveness of the resources spent on beneficiaries is measured against the results in meeting the specific targets agreed with each beneficiary. For example we have been able to measure exam results against targeted grades or following feedback from all stakeholders once a young carer has been to an interview or completed a work placement.
The Trust is supported by the generosity of grant-giving trusts and donations from private individuals. The Trust’s accounts are filed with the Charity Commissioners and at Companies House.
The Young Carers Development Trust is a private Company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity. It is regulated by Company law and The Charity Commissioners. Its governing document is its Articles of Association and Memorandum which have been appropriately amended and approved by the Board of Trustees
DBS checks have been carried out on all Trustees, the Development Executive and all Development Managers. In addition, anyone coming into direct contact with a beneficiary is required to complete a child protection course. All new Development Managers undergo an induction by the Trustees and Charity Manager.