16th April 2015
In August 2014, South Lakeland Carers Association took a group of young carers on a residential break thanks to a £1,000 grant from Cumbria Community Foundation’s Fryer Grassroots Grants Fund.
The group of 12 Junior Young Carers, aged 8-12 years old stayed at Isthmus Cottage in Keswick for three days. The group undertook a full day of activities at Newlands Adventure Centre; including high ropes and ghyll scrambling. They also took part in a Treasure Hunt around Keswick and visited water slides at the edge of Derwentwater.
Benita Finch, Operations Manager at South Lakeland Carers Association said: “The trip enabled Young Carers to have a break from their caring roles, to learn new skills and gave them an opportunity to meet other Young Carers.
“Primarily, it gave the Young Carers a chance to be a young person with the burden of caring and the opportunity just to have fun.”
One 9-year-old carer who attended the trip is the subject of a Child Protection plan and didn’t know any of the other Young Carers he was with. Benita said: “at the end of the holiday he didn’t want to go home and said it was the best time he’d ever had.
“It was heart-warming to see the difference that three days away from home had made to this 9-year-old Young Carer and it is thanks to the Foundation that this was possible.”