Paragon Software Systems is sponsoring a new charity in Dorking that supports young carers aged between eight and 12 years old.
Run by the United Reformed Church in the town, My Time gives them the opportunity to enjoy activities in a relaxing environment with other children of their own age away from their stressful duties at home. Kirsty Heard, Paragon’s office administrator, co-runs arts and crafts sessions for the charity.
“The children love their arts and crafts sessions and I am often oversubscribed,” said Heard.
“Many have established friendships through the activities and they look forward to seeing each other.
“They take great pride in their handiwork and are constantly making things for their parents and siblings.
“I’m pleased to use my free time in this way and it’s gratifying that Paragon supports the work of the charity.”
My Time offers respite activities for children and young people in Surrey and the surrounding areas whose lives are adversely affected by the disability or ill health of other family members.
Charles Nockold, marketing & business development director, Paragon Software Systems, said: “My Time provides an essential service for these young children who have to cope with additional pressures of looking after parents or siblings.
“It is surprising that there are so many young carers in the locality and My Time gives them the opportunity to have some freedom to do what other children do. We are pleased to be able support Kirsty and the My Time team in their extremely worthwhile efforts.”