Kingstonian Football Club are now working together with Kingston Carers’ Network (KCN) as “Community Partners”. Kingstonian are a local community based non-league club who play in the Bostik Premier League. Kingston Carers’ Network provide information and advice and a wide range of support to carers and young carers and are affiliated to the Carers Trust. The football club and “Carers Centre” are working together to raise awareness of the needs of carers and young carers in and around the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
To help improve carer awareness in the community Kingstonian FC now offer:
The club is continuing to highlight to its supporters that if “you are a carer or young carer or other family members are carers please do contact Kingston Carers’ Network and their Young Carers Project”.
KCN have been promoting the partnership to carers via their website, newsletters and Twitter account and advertised the young carers’ day. A special membership card has been created for adult carers who wish to claim concessionary admission (shown below).
Replicating this approach
We think this approach of linking Carers Centres to their local team is very straight forward and a great way of reaching into local communities, raising awareness of carers needs and providing a fun day out for young carers. It also provides clubs with some good publicity.
Other “Carers Centres” may wish to follow and build on this initiative by approaching their local club and Kingstonian raised the idea with the Surrey FA to help disseminate the approach. Football is hugely popular in England and the bigger the club “carers centres” are able to attract, the greater the potential impact.
For more details contact:
Kingston Carers Network by email email@example.com or phone: 020 3031 2757
or Kingstonian FC: see website http://www.kingstonian.com/