Offmore ABC award £1200 to Worcestershire Young Carers

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Brilliant news: YSS has been successful in being awarded £1200 for YSS  Worcestershire Young Carers school holiday activities programme.  Thank you to William Bassett and the Trustees of Offmore A.B.C. (Earlier this year, the Kidderminster Shuttle advertised funding available from a local group/ charity, Offmore ABC, which was closing down.  It wished to donate to other local groups and good causes that offer support and social activities for local children. )

We are currently supporting 53 Young Carers in Wyre Forest area, 31 from  Kidderminster ( with a  total of 254 Young Carers across the county), more than half are from single parent families and a third in receipt of free school meals.  This includes 7 new referrals in the April to June 2014 quarter  for  this area too.

Their ability to enjoy time as a child is significantly restricted and young carers often face social isolation. We provide one to one support and monthly clubs to support them and give them the opportunity to mix with others in similar situations and to enjoy themselves.

 The funding is towards providing them a varied and structured programme of activities during school holidays throughout 2014/15, in order  to give them the opportunity  to do and experience  things that most  young people take for granted in their lives. Because of the home life situation, the majority of young carers never have the opportunity to go on holiday or for days out.

Things young carers told us they would like to do are: a trip to the seaside, theatre trip, theme park, natural history museum, opportunity to attend and participate in art/drama/music/film/media/dance/ creative writing workshops.

The funding would pay for direct costs associated with putting on these activities such as travel costs, coach hire, entry costs, room hire costs and refreshments etc.

 Example of possible Programmes are : Summer holidays 2014 : Drayton Manor, London sightseeing/ Natural History Museum, Seaside trip and fish and  chips, Upton Warren outdoor activities centre, Workshops- dance and art and music; October half term 2014: London Science museum; Christmas holidays 2014: Birmingham theatre- pantomime; February half term 2015: Tile making  at Tile Museum, Ironbridge Gorge Museums; Easter holidays: Stratford upon Avon – theatre workshop and matinee.

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