The Neumark Foundation is based in North Wales, and was founded in 2016 by the Neumark family.
The main aim of the Foundation is to support charities, charitable groups and individuals whose work has a long-lasting, positive effect on young people’s welfare and quality of life, through improving prospects and life choices, inspiring them to grasp new opportunities.
In October 2019, research was published following work undertaken by world leader in young carer research, Professor Saul Becker, along with Nottingham University and the BBC. This research provided evidence that approximately one in five children of statutory school age has some level of responsibility for the provision of care at home, for a member of their household as a result of medical conditions, mental health conditions, or addiction. In the UK, research indicates that 50% of young carers remain hidden, and at GSCE, they can be as much as nine grades below their peer group in achievement, as well as having far lower attendance rates.
This piece of research was brought to the attention of The Neumark Foundation by the CEO of Cheshire Young Carers, Graham Phillips, and as a result, we decided we really needed to try and help.
“The North Wales Young Carers Project is based around the educational settings of young carers. The initial pilot will run for approximately 2 years from 2021-2023 across Wrexham, Denbighshire and Conwy, to provide additional support to statutory services already provided through Children’s Services and Education. Following the initial pilot, we plan to geographically roll out a trusted template of support for more young carers. We are absolutely committed to financially supporting this project to help support young carers through raising awareness, identification of more children and young people in a caring role, educational support needs assessment, and creation of support plans and interventions for young carers to enable them to have a better chance of reaching their potential” Peter Neumark
In addition, we are also funding extensive research that will be led by Professor Saul Becker, to evaluate the project, but also look at wider key questions around support for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers.