Guildford Young Carers Fund

Guildford Young Carers addresses an area of society that is very much overlooked by us all. Estimates suggest that as many as 8% of children aged 5 to 18 in many areas of Guildford act as carers – unrecognised and hidden to society. The effect on these children is huge. Some fail to realise their academic potential, and they often suffer mental health issues, bullying and social media abuse.

These are young people who find their normal young lives being replaced by caring for a relative within the family unit. These responsibilities often cause negative outcomes, such as falling behind at school, or simply a loss of precious childhood time. These children and young people are often unable to access help and many do not even realise that they are acting as carers – it’s just what you do.

The Guildford Young Carers Fund was set up by Mike Parsons during his year as mayor in 2018/19 and is part of Guildford Philanthropy. The fund will award grants to support young carers in the borough of Guildford. Grants will support young carers by providing services or equipment that will help them with their educational, emotional and social needs

Grants for things such as:

  • additional non-statutory support in school or college
  • extra tuition or educational support outside school or college
  • IT or other equipment to support educational needs
  • school trips, outings or residential activities
  • courses
  • music, sports or play activities or other clubs outside school (including membership fees)
  • opportunities to meet other young carers

Grants are not available for duties that are the statutory responsibility of the local authorities.

Match Funding

Guildford Borough Council will match fund every £1 of private donations with a further 50p. If you are a UK tax payer your donation may also be eligible for Gift Aid, helping your donation go even further!

Donate £1,000, plus £250 Gift Aid, plus £500 match funding = Total gift of £1,750 

Guildford Young Carers was set up by Councillor Mike Parsons with the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Guildford Philanthropy Fund to create a lasting resource specifically to support the opportunities and wellbeing of young carers within the borough of Guildford. 

How to give


Guildford Young Carers is a long-term fund that people can either donate to now, or leave a legacy to in the future. Donations can be made at any level, either as one-off donations or spread over a period of time. They can be donated as gifts of cash, legacies, shares, property or land.

The easiest way to donate is via the Fund’s Virgin Money Giving page, a simple and secure method of online giving. If you’d like to make a bank transfer, please contact us for more information or simply send a cheque payable to Guildford Young Carers to:

Community Foundation for Surrey, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB

Don’t forget Gift Aid! Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, Guildford Philanthropy will receive an extra 25p from HM Revenue & Customs, helping your donation go further.

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