Taking a Break and Making Memories
A story by Crossroads caring for carers Cowal & Bute SCIO
We provided our young carers with the opportunity to attend 8 fun days out a residential trip and the chance to attend the young carers festival thus allowing them to make positive and meaningful memories.
What Taking a Break and Making Memories did
The project supported the Young carers in Cowal & Bute We were able to provide a range of activities throughout the School holiday's. In April some of our Young people enjoyed a residential stay at Ardroy outdoor centre all young people had a great time for some it was the first time they had been away from home overnight.
They were also able to attend the Young carers festival where young Carers from all over were there this gave them the opportunity to meet and chat to other young carers relax and have fun and enjoy some time away from their caring role.
Throughout the summer our young carers went out on some fun trips "wreckspedition" an exhilarating boat trip,Heads of Ayr, Ice skating, Bute boat tours, Horse riding, Cinema & lunch, and soft play & Lunch at Ettrick Bay.
Listening to young carers through a range of evaluation methods such as photos. pictures, words, spoons, evaluation forms, conversations, thumbs up/thumbs down, crafts/arts, pottery, post it boards. feedback form parents and partners.
Young carers were able to come along and have time away from their caring role relax have fun and just be a young person. They all enjoyed to trips as they had been involved in the discussions as to what they would like to do.
I am so happy that I was able to come along on our trip. I had the best time!!! I have been feeling quite sad for a while and this has made me very happy. I’m not able to have time with my friends as often as I would like because I have to help my mum and dad with my brothers. They find it hard to buy us all things because my dad hasn’t been in work for a long time. It is good that I can come along with you and the other young people and I don’t have to pay. This helps us all.
120 young carers in Bute and Cowal will take part in activities providing an opportunity for a break from caring, develop social networks and improve their wellbeing.
The trips this year were all over subscribed but we were able to ensure that all young carers had access to one or more of our trips allowing them time to have fun meet with other young carers and to form friendships.
Young Carers have been amazing! I look forward to going on trips. It massively helps me through a difficult time in my life. It has also gave my mum as a single parent in recovery from addiction some breathing space to do her own stuff. I cannot thank yous enough for all the hard work yous put in and really appreciate everything yous have done to help and support me. I don’t know what I would do without meeting new friends through young carers.
100 young carers aged between 5-24 will feel more supported having had a break from their caring roles, resulting in improved confidence, self-esteem, reduced isolation, increased social networks and strengthened relationships with cared for person
Some of our young people had not been away from their parent before and were a bit apprehensive about coming along on the trips. Through encouragement and support from our support workers they were able to come along and have fun make friendships and have improved confidence.
I have made some good friend at young carers and I look forward to going on days out cause we always have fun.