YSS Worcestershire Young Carers enjoy a much deserved weekend break at the Calvert Trust Centre, Exmoor
This trip was funded  by a most generous donation from Droitwich Lions,  fund raising  from a YSS Young Carers sponsored walk and  other events, together with a contribution from families.

It’s a long way down!

YSS Worcestershire Young Carers recently visited the fantastic Calvert Trust Centre on the edge of Exmoor National Park in North Devon. A group of 18 young people (aged 9-18) and 4 staff had the opportunity over the weekend of 15th-17th November, to take part in a specially subsidised Young Carers break offered by the centre. This was also funded from the most generous donation from Droitwich Lions ( £500), YSS Young Carers sponsored walk (£812), and other fund raising activities, and donations from the families.

The trip gave these young people the chance to successfully overcome considerable fears by taking part in the activities and an opportunity to participate in new experiences.  They were able to get a break from their caring responsibilities and to socialise with other young carers. There were definite bonds and friendships formed and the young people learned a lot about working as a team. They definitely had fun too! It helped to change some of their views about each other and showed them that there are other carers groups across the country, as another group were also staying at the Calvert Trust at the same time.

The group had early starts each morning, with a full English breakfast of course, before  splitting into two groups for the days activities. Each group took part in 4 activities during the day, with a break for a lovely fish and chips lunch in the middle. The activities throughout the weekend were: Team challenge course, Abseiling, Zip-wire, Bushcraft/Forestry,  Archery,  Rock Climbing, Canoeing and then after the days activities, they all enjoyed dinner and a  disco. Quotes from young people included:

  • “I really, really enjoyed the weekend”.
  • “I had a fantastic time”.
  • “Please, please, please, please, please can we come back next year…..for a WEEK!”.

Mary Lewis (YSS Worcestershire Young Carers Team Manager) said “ The group had a fantastic time and enjoyed everything. Canoeing was my personal favourite and some real leaders shone over the weekend in encouraging other young carers to take part in activities”.

Neil Phillips,( YSS Worcestershire Young Carers Key Worker) said:  “The centre was actually the best I have been to and I thought the facilities and the staff were superb. It was great to see our young carers enjoy themselves so much and gain so much from the experience and I for one, will be hoping to return again at some point”. “We all decided that we had an absolutely FANTASTIC time. The centre was great, the rooms were immaculate and the food was superb. We couldn’t fault the staff and the instructors who couldn’t do enough to help. Overall it really was a brilliant break and everyone was asking if we could come back next year, before we had even left!”

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