This week, I have discovered The Honeypot Children’s Charity, here’s a bit about what they do:
The Honeypot Children’s Charity provides respite breaks and outreach support to young carers and vulnerable children, aged 5 -12 years old. Most are young carers and many care for a chronically or terminally ill loved one, or have a parent with drug, alcohol or mental health problem. Some of the children will have been a young carer from as young as 5 years old.
‘Our children have no time to just be children’
When at home, young carers might be cooking, washing, cleaning, changing dressings, bathing, or offering emotional support. This obviously leaves no time for their own social and personal development, which can put them at risk of depression, anxiety, poor mental/physical health, isolation, bullying and poor school attendance.
Honeypot also work with vulnerable children from homes with extreme social, financial or emotional challenges. Some are victims of abuse/neglect and may be on the Child Protection Register. Like young carers, they are often left to fend for themselves with no opportunity to live a normal childhood. For them, going on a trip to the cinema or to the beach is a rarity. Having a break from their stressful home environment is virtually unknown.
Why not take a look at The Honeypot website and see all the ways in which you or your organisation could help them. Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge difference.
If you are feeling super energetic and want to help fundraise you could take part in the Super Hero Run on Sunday 17 May 2015.
You can follow @HoneyPotCharity on twitter
Or like them on Facebook