Our chosen charity for 2019 is:
From small acorns,
great oaks grow!
The Benjamin Foundation is a charity which originated in North Norfolk in 1994 and has since grown to support over 2,500 people across Norfolk and Suffolk each year. It helps local children, young people and families dealing with challenges across a diverse range of issues. This includes preventing vulnerable young adults becoming homeless through the provision of a home and support to over 100 young people at any time. Further work provided by the charity includes one-to-one support for children dealing with physical and mental health issues and other problems. Through this work we give the children a chance to talk, build their self-confidence and so prevent more serious problems arising in the future.
Since 2014 The Benjamin Foundation has been supporting over 350 young carers right across Norfolk. These are young people between the ages of 6 and 18 years old who are caring for a parent or sibling with a long-term illness or disability, mental health problem, learning disability or other challenges. The effect on them is that they are missing out on friendships and their childhood.
The young carers have been supported by the charity’s team with youth groups which take place in a safe, supportive environment. This allows them to make friends, socialise and forget their caring responsibilities for a while. It’s a chance to escape their day-to-day pressures and to be a child again.
Chris Elliott, from The Benjamin Foundation explained “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for the Norfolk Superhero event in 2019. Money raised will help us continue providing valuable support to young carers, giving them part of their childhood back and a chance to build friendships and take part in activities which they may otherwise miss out on.”