Young Adult Carers Alton Towers Break
A story by East Ayrshire Carers Centre Ltd
The Young Adult Carers project provided weekly groups and one to one support to 16-25 year olds living in East Ayrshire. The aim was to reduce isolation, provide opportunities for respite, fun and friendship, ensuring young adult carers are supported, feel less isolated, attend and achieve in school.
What Young Adult Carers Alton Towers Break did
We delivered a 2 day respite break for 20 young adult carers to Alton Towers with an overnight stay, trip to the cinema and all meals were provided throughout the stay and the trip took place during the Easter Holiday period. We identified those who were struggling with the cost of living, have significant caring responsibilities and were in need of time away to recharge the batteries.
Our main Young Carers Staff who attended had chosen Young Adult Carers from our centres in Kilmarnock, Cumnock and Dalmellington giving us a mix of young people from East Ayrshire. The young people have made lasting bonds, developed friendships, confided in staff some of the areas they are struggling with and overall had a much needed break from caring.
This break opened up new horizons and experiences for the young people developing their ability to travel, develop peer support and friendships, reduce their isolation, improved their well being and mental attitude while making a difference to their quality of life ensuring they had a memorable break away from hectic and challenging caring responsibilities.
20 young carers will tell us they have improved their confidence, resilience, experienced new opportunities and improved their life skills, giving them the chance to pursue activities outside their caring role.
Additional project outcome
Young adult carers will have recharged the batteries, developed peer support, had a new experience creating memories to look back on thus ensuring they feel supported to sustain their caring role.