How to Apply

Foundation Scotland manages all applications to the Essentia Foundation. The next round of funding, for multi year grants, opens on 13th May 2024.

Apply Now
Get in touch
Privacy Policy

The Essentia Foundation

Caithness KLICS Young Carers

Home | Funding | Case Studies | Caithness KLICS Young Carers


Sept 2021 A helping hand for young carers

Caithness KLICS (Kids Living in Caring Situations) Young Carers


Caithness KLICS (Kids Living in Caring Situations) was established in 2013. Based in Wick, the organisation supports young people aged between 5-18 who have a caring responsibility at home. This includes young people caring for a parent or sibling with a short- or long-term illness, drug, alcohol or mental health problems. Caithness KLICS offer one to one and group support and help young people to cope with the pressures of their roles, be more confident and have higher self-esteem. The organization currently run a weekly programme of after school groups as well as outreach sessions within local schools and community centers and it is estimated that every year, over 100 young people directly benefit from the work that they do.

2021, Caithness KLICS received an award of £3,000.00 by the Essentia Foundation. Grant monies went towards the core running costs of the organisation and this in turn, ensured that the charity could continue to offer rest bite for young carers in the area. The Covid-19 pandemic proved to be particularly challenging for young people and for those with the added responsibility of care, lock-down caused considerable stress and anxiety.

Caithness KLICS mobilized quickly during lock-down to make sure that no young carer was left behind. Staff members and volunteers came together to deliver food hampers, activity packs and treats to carers across Caithness. Easter 2021 saw the delivery of gift boxes and hampers for local families and social media and digital communication platforms were also launched to reduce isolation and to make sure that no young carer was left behind. As lock-down restrictions have begun to ease, the charity has been quick to resume physical activities and these include a minibus initiative ‘KLICS on wheels’ as well as outdoor trips during school holidays.

Thanks to the support of the Essentia Foundation, Caithness KLICS have been able to remain active and responsive during the last 12 months. Moving forward, the charity will continue in its efforts to offer young carers a helping hand.

Project Testimonials

“Caithness KLICS have helped our girls massively over the years. They have gained new friendships, and they have grown in confidence, speak openly with other peers their own age. The staff at KLICS are so helpful and always have great activities for the kids to do, even in lock-down, they went that extra mile, to make sure our kids were coping well, with video calls, and door step visits with activity packs for them to pass the time. This past year the kids would be lost without them. And they give our kids that extra support when things are tough for them.”

Local Parent

Project Images

This website uses cookies
This site uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience. We use necessary cookies to make sure that our website works. We’d also like to set analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. By clicking “Allow All”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyse site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
These cookies are required for basic functionalities such as accessing secure areas of the website, remembering previous actions and facilitating the proper display of the website. Necessary cookies are often exempt from requiring user consent as they do not collect personal data and are crucial for the website to perform its core functions.
A “preferences” cookie is used to remember user preferences and settings on a website. These cookies enhance the user experience by allowing the website to remember choices such as language preferences, font size, layout customization, and other similar settings. Preference cookies are not strictly necessary for the basic functioning of the website but contribute to a more personalised and convenient browsing experience for users.
A “statistics” cookie typically refers to cookies that are used to collect anonymous data about how visitors interact with a website. These cookies help website owners understand how users navigate their site, which pages are most frequently visited, how long users spend on each page, and similar metrics. The data collected by statistics cookies is aggregated and anonymized, meaning it does not contain personally identifiable information (PII).
Marketing cookies are used to track user behaviour across websites, allowing advertisers to deliver targeted advertisements based on the user’s interests and preferences. These cookies collect data such as browsing history and interactions with ads to create user profiles. While essential for effective online advertising, obtaining user consent is crucial to comply with privacy regulations.