The team at Cheshire Young Carers were working hard over the Christmas period to design a new set of weekly sessions for those young carers who attend.
Our aim is to make the sessions more interesting, more interactive, more responsive to the needs of young carers and to inject even more fun into every session.
To help us deliver this ambitious programme we have recruited more staff to support our volunteers in delivering our revised and exciting programme. These new members of the team bring many years of experience working with young people and, more importantly, a whole set of new games and activities to make each of the weekly sessions as much fun as possible.
All young carers who attend the sessions will now also receive a certificate at the end of the term (Easter time) that will detail the sessions they have taken part in and which will provide a valuable, additional tool as part of their personal portfolio detailing educational certificates and achievements.
So over the coming months, young carers will be taking part in creative events, sport-related events, cyber safety events and, of course, they will be having fun taking part in all of them.
Our older young carers will be planning a mini adventure as part of attending their weekly sessions where they will have full budget control of the event and within reason, they will be able to undertake the adventure before the Easter break.
For those young carers who don’t attend a regular session then there are some exciting plans to better engage with each of them by offering a series of events that will have specially designed activities and a very large injection of fun.
All young carers will be invited to a number of special activities, many of which have generously been donated by organisations or individuals.
For example, there will be two opportunities for young carers to attend special breaks organised by the Outward Bound Trust.
In the summer we have been offered the use of a narrow boat for a week and currently, are working with the owners to devise a programme of activities around cruising the canals of Cheshire. Our year of special activities starts on Saturday, January 28 when a group of young carers have been invited to the Blue Planet Aquarium by local MP Justin Madders. Young carers from the Ellesmere Port and Neston area will be treated to a guided tour around the aquarium followed by a bite to eat.
Of course, much of the programme we deliver would be impossible without the valuable support of our volunteers. So to make it a more rewarding experience for volunteers we have organised some special briefing and information days and are currently working on a programme of social activities.
Something else that will be new in 2017 is that during the school holidays we are planning to deliver some half-day and day-long activities. More details will be released when they are available.