Ellie Talebian, Head of Communications at MYTIME Young Carers’ Charity has received a prestigious award in the Social CEOs Awards and has been named ‘Best digital champion.’
The Awards recognise leaders and their commitment and talent to digital excellence in the charity sector. Ellie is in auspicious company as her recognition sits alongside other sector talent, such as leaders at Hospice UK, St John Ambulance, Sense, The Children’s Trust and HIV Scotland.
Ellie said, “I’m beyond proud of what we’ve achieved during Covid and delighted to have my work recognised by our CEO Krista Sharp and the Social CEO’s judging panel. Most importantly I’m ecstatic that the judging panel recognised the importance of there being an online provision for Young Carers during the pandemic.
“I believe we’re one of the first young carer charities to win a prize. With names like @teenage_cancer @sheltercharity @hospice_uk @actionaiduk amongst the awards winners to date it’s fair to say we’re in very good company.
“For a small charity with huge ambition – this is a massive win for the recognition of young carers all over.
“What I’ve realised over the last 7 months more than ever is, it doesn’t matter if you get 1 like or 100 – if you’re meeting your objectives as an organisation, if the communication and development you’re putting out there is reaching the right people and you are creating a positive impact – that’s all that matters. If I help just 1 person that’s enough for me.
“During Coivd19 we’ve fed families, we’ve tackled loneliness, we’ve created a tribe, we’ve created opportunities, fostered connection and removed barriers to learning and social mobility to level the playing field for young carers.
“MYTIME @ Home reached 1000’s, it was the only programme of its kind for young carers during Covid and it would not have been possible without the support of the team and our networks of great people leaning in to make good things happen.
“I do this job for every young carer and young adult carer that wakes up with the weight of the world on their shoulders. That can’t articulate their unique experience but knows this job is for life.”
MYTIME Young Carers’ CEO Krista Sharp added, “We are hugely proud of Ellie, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the invaluable support young carers offer their families within our communities. Her creativity and commitment inspired the MYTIME @ Home programme which offered support young carers throughout this extremely challenging year.’
About MYTime Young Carers
MYTime Young Carers seeks to provide young carers and young adult carers between the age of 5-25 with the support, opportunities and friendship that help to level the playing field.
In the UK, there are an estimated 700,000 young carers, yet only 166,000 are registered as such. This means that the vast majority are facing the challenges of caring for a vulnerable relative, without support from their school or local authority. It also means that the scale and nature of the challenges young carers face are hidden and often misunderstood. It is our aim to help young carers overcome these challenges, and to create a society which is more aware, inclusive and supportive of young carers.