23 Apr Young Carers
Young Carers Bucks:
For those of you who were cheering the team on at the Grimsby fixture, you may have noticed a group of youngsters being awarded certificates on the pitch prior to the match. These incredible young people took part in a recent project that WWSET delivered for Young Carers Bucks, an organisation who support children and young people in Buckinghamshire aged 6-18 years old who have a caring role for someone in their own home who is ill, has a physical or mental disability, or drug or alcohol dependency.
Young Carers Bucks, who are part of the independent local charity Carers Bucks commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council support young carers in a variety of ways such as the provision of:
• regular clubs and activities
• one-to-one support where needed
• someone to talk to who understands what they’re going through
• targeted group work
• information, advice and signposting
• opportunities to meet with other young carers
• support in schools
In order to assist Young Carers Bucks achieve their aims, many of which have a synergy with our own targets, WWSET delivered a 6 week football and health project that not only gave the participants the opportunity to have some fun whilst playing football, but also tried to educate those taking part on the importance of, and how to, look after their own health and well-being.
The sessions took place at Wycombe Leisure Centre and culminated in all the participants as well as their families being afforded a well-deserved day out here at Adams Park.
WWSET Activity Programme Manager Andrew Homent, who delivered the sessions alongside our Social Inclusion Manager Aqeel Akram, had this to say of the project:
“It was a pleasure to be able to work with our friends at Young Carers Bucks and provide their service users with a well-earned break from their caring responsibilities. These young people face considerable pressures and hardships in comparison to many of their peers and the way they deal with their responsibilities is truly inspiring. It was great to meet them all, and whilst they were with our help to put a smile on their faces!”