This National Children’s Day UK, IKEA UK and Barnardo’s have announced a new three-year national charity partnership to support children and young people across the UK, with a particular focus on young carers.
The partnership brings together IKEA’s expertise in life at home and Barnardo’s knowledge of children and young people, with the ambition of having a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in society.
Launching on National Children’s Day UK, both organisations believe every child deserves a place to call home, a healthy start in life, a quality education and a positive future. Play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and young people. Through a child-centred approach, IKEA and Barnardo’s will be led by children and young people to understand how they can better support the lives of young carers.
There are an estimated 800,000 young carers across the UK with one in five doing more than twenty hours of caring per week. With so many adult day-to-day responsibilities from cooking and cleaning to providing emotional support, they often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn.
Barnardo’s vital front line services can be found within a short distance of every one of IKEA’s 23 stores across the UK, making it easy for store teams to engage directly with local Barnardo’s representatives and young people.