Recorder Christmas appeal: Help us throw festive party for Barnardo’s Indigo Project young carers

PUBLISHED: 16:32 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 December 2015

Recorder Appeal: Dreaming of an Indigo Christmas

Recorder Appeal: Dreaming of an Indigo Christmas


It’s a day when many of us will be looking forward to putting our feet up, sharing presents and eating and drinking with our friends and family.

For children, presents, chocolate and wishing for snow will be the only things on their mind.

But young carers often don’t have the chance to forget their responsibilities, as their families rely on them to provide care and do household chores.

Barnardo’s Indigo Project, in Granville Road, Ilford, supports 64 young people from Redbridge and their families, providing professional support and giving them the chance to go on trips to unwind and have fun.

With many of them caring for disabled or chronically ill parents or siblings, family outings can be almost impossible.

This year the Recorder has teamed up with Barnardo’s to give these incredible young carers and their families a Christmas they won’t forget.

We are appealing to the community to help us throw a huge festive bash, complete with tinsel, turkey and all the trimmings.

Do you have a venue we could use? Or maybe your catering firm could help provide a slap-up meal? Or perhaps you’re a DJ with a karaoke machine, a magician or a balloon artist.

Recorder editor Chris Carter said: “We have highlighted the fantastic work of the Indigo Project in the past and featured some of the young carers through our Young Citizens scheme.

“This is a chance for our readers and the community to show how much we admire them for what they do on a daily

basis. They deserve time to celebrate the festive season and I am sure between us we can provide that.”

Indigo service manager Jo Chaney said: “Everyone knows a young carer, even if you don’t think you do.

“When young people first come to us, they might not have thought of themselves as being carers.

“They may have just started to realise that their situation at home is different to other

people’s circumstances, because they’re caring for a family member.

“Quite often their focus is purely on looking after their family and they probably haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about themselves.

“To take part in special occasions is vital for these young people.”

To find out more, see tomorrow’s Recorder.

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